BERLIN – German Education Minister Annette Schavan voiced her adamant objection to recent elements in the European academia calling to ban Israeli researchers for political reasons.
Schavan, who will visit Israel later this week in order to mark a year of Israeli-German technological cooperation, told Yedioth Ahronoth that Germany's position on the matter is clear, and that Berlin only wishes to strengthen the ties between respective research teams.
Israel, she said, "is one of Germany's most valuable scientific partners. Maintaining scientific relations between Berlin and Jerusalem can help solve some of the biggest questions of our time, as well as find ways for forward peaceful coexistence.
"The history of the relationship between Germany and Israel proves that science can help form a diplomacy of trust."
Schavan, who is a member of Germany's ruling party – the Christian Democratic Union, will stay in Israel for three days, during which she and Science, Culture and Sports Minister Raleb Majadele will also mark the 20th anniversary for the foundation of the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development.
Over the years, the foundation has funded 970 joint research projects preformed by Israeli and German research team.
The foundation's capital is equally donated by the German and Israeli governments and currently stands at €21million (about $267.5 million).