must look in our hearts, at the darkest stain in our history.
We must know: The snake is weak, but it is still there,”
Croatian President Ivo Josipovic requested forgiveness from Holocaust survivors
in his address to the Knesset on Wednesday.
“Some members of my nation worked to systematically destroy parts of humanity
[in World War II],” Josipovic said. “We must look in our
hearts, at the darkest stain in our history. We must know:
The snake is weak, but it is still there.”
He added that an apology is not
enough, and that he hopes his country will pass a law to
reimburse survivors and their descendants for property
they lost during the Holocaust.
Josipovic also called for peace
and cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians, saying
that a two-state solution will come from mutual recognition
of the two sides.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
told the Knesset about possibilities for economic cooperation
between Israel and Croatia, which he had discussed with
Netanyahu added that he believes
Croatia is committed to good relations with Israel and
to stand up against “barbaric phenomena,” such as the “slaughter
in Syria” and the “murderous declarations from Iran.”