The recent wave of attacks in Israel is driving people to stock up on weapons to protect themselves. The population feels it cannot depend on the security forces alone - they're now scattered throughout the country."
Africa was long regarded as a partner of the Palestinians, but hoping for arms, development aid and cutting edge technology, many African states now seek closer ties with Israel. Cooperation, however, comes at a price.
Sigmar Gabriel has said Germany has a special role in fighting anti-Semitism. While official statistics attribute most such crimes to right-wing extremists, a new study argues anti-Semitism is widespread among refugees.
In Berlin, the first candle of the city's massive Hanukkah menorah has been lit to mark the traditional start of the Festival of Lights. At the same time, Palestinians and Arabs held anti-Israel protests in the capital.
As 70th anniversary ceremonies for the state of Israel commence, DW looks back at seven decades of German-Israeli relations. The two countries remain firm allies, but their friendship is uniquely fraught by history.
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