The German state stated in its conditions that the applicant must sign these conditions in writing.

This came in a decree sent by the Saxony Interior Ministry to the state's local authorities at the end of November, Local Interior Minister Tamara Zechang revealed Tuesday.

Text of the decree

  • The decree, seen by dpa news agency, states that the right of the State of Israel to exist must be recognized "as a national interest of Germany."
  • The decree also stated that "obtaining German citizenship requires adherence to Israel's right to exist."
  • It also states that at the time of naturalization, "there must be any indications of anti-Semitic attitudes".

Applicants for citizenship must therefore confirm in writing before naturalization that they "recognize Israel's right to exist and condemn any endeavors directed against the existence of the State of Israel."

The naturalization process is excluded if foreigners applying for naturalization continue to pursue efforts against the free and democratic Basic Order, which also includes anti-Semitic crimes or denial of Israel's right to exist.

Municipalities will be given a specific statement of the proposed wording, which applicants must sign.

If the applicant refuses to sign, he will not be handed over the naturalization document, and this must be recorded in the applicant's file, and therefore the application for citizenship is considered rejected.