Seven out of 10 Israelis can not forgive Germany for the Holocaust. The resistance is strongest among todays youth.
The survey, conducted by the “Geocatrographia Institute,” interviewed 500 men and women over the age of 18, a representative sample of the Jewish population in Israel.
Survey participants were asked, “Today, 65 years after the Holocaust took place in Europe, is it time to forgive the German people and Germany for crimes committed in the Holocaust?”
Twenty-three percent of respondents said that they forgive Germany, while 70 per cent said they do not. Seven percent said they are unsure.
The Center for Academic Studies noted that surprisingly, the older the respondents were, the more they agreed to forgive the German people.
Another noteworthy figure was the gap between the high number of secular Jews who were more forgiving toward Germany compared to the number of religious and orthodox respondents.
Aaron Bock, the spokesman of the Jewish community in Germany was surprised by the survey results, saying, “The number of forgivers is surprising. It seems that the Israeli public understands more than in the past that Germany should no longer be punished for the Holocaust because today there is a different Germany with Germans from another generation.
Source: Jerusalem Post
It is hardly possible to think about a more difficult example of forgiveness. The Bible is crystal clear:
Matthew 6: 14-15.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
If Jews are willing to forgive the Germans for the Holocaust, you forgiving even your enemies should be a simple cake walk. Of course, if you really believe in Jesus.