Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Herzliche Gruesse



Having studied German all four years of high school and all four years of university, I am obviously fond of the language. But that was in the USA. Here in Israel, German can be problematic. Last week Angela Merkel came to congratulate Israel on our upcoming 60th birthday. Despite the objections and sensitivities of several members of our parliament, the Knesset House Committee decided to allow the Chancellor to address the Knesset in German.
I am happy we have come this far.
Dr. Merkel said good things and got a standing ovation. Oh and by the way, she surprised everyone by opening her speech with several sentences in Hebrew.
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3 comments:

kay said...

It is necessary to remember but important to forgive in order to move on toward peace.

Kris McCracken said...

Well said. It was good that the general reception was positive.

Rambling Round said...

Sixty years! A good way to begin a celebration.