The responsibility of his country in the Holocaust was invoked by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, declaring in Tel Aviv that Berlin will always stand by the Jewish state while Netanyahu likened Hamas to the Nazis.

“As I said last week in the Bundestag, in difficult times, Germany has only one option, to stand by Israel,” Scholz said at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The security of Israel and its citizens is of vital importance to Germany, Scholz added and stressed that “It is very important to say this here today in these difficult times in Israel: Germany’s history and its responsibility for the Holocaust requires us to support Israel’s security and existence.”

Soltz also emphasized that “the glorification and celebration of violence is something inhumane and abhorrent.”

“Unlike Hamas, which wants to use the citizens of Gaza as human shields, our concern extends to them as well,” he added, saying “we want to protect civilians and avoid civilian casualties,” Soltz said.

For his part, Netanyahu said that “Hamas is the new NazisHamas is ISIS, in some cases worse than ISIS” and added that “just as the world came together to defeat the Nazis, just as the world came together to defeat ISIS, the world must stand united behind Israel to to defeat Hamas.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today called on “the world to stand united with Israel to defeat Hamas” following the Palestinian Islamist movement’s deadly attack on Israel on October 7.

“In the same way that the world came together to defeat the Nazis (…), the world must stand united with Israel to defeat Hamas,” Netanyahu said at a press conference in Tel Aviv alongside German Chancellor Olaf Soltz.

“The barbarity we saw, committed by the killers of Hamas leaving Gaza, is the worst crime committed against the Jews since the Holocaust,” Netanyahu stressed.