The culture of remembrance was emphasized with visits to the Yad Vashem memorial, which Austria would like to support annually with 500,000 euros until 2025, and a renewed promise by the Chancellor that the terrible events of the past would “never happen again”.
But it was also about cooperation: Nehammer signed a strategic partnership with the current Israeli Prime Minister Jair Lapid on Tuesday afternoon, which is said to have been considered by ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz – and which also exists with the United Arab Emirates or Switzerland .
“A true upgrade in relationships,” says Lapid. Among other things, this is intended to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism, research and the development of vaccines – not for the current pandemic, but for other pandemics that are still threatening this century.
As a “door opener for OMV”, as Nehammer called it, they want to ensnare Israel because of its gas reserves, even if the raw material does not explicitly appear in the strategic partnership.
Still, Lapid and Nehammer talked about it. The plan: Israeli gas is to flow via a pipeline to Egypt and from there as liquid gas towards Europe. However, this is a long-term perspective, which the current gas crisis in Europe cannot solve yet.