Chancellor Merkel addressed the Israeli parliament on Tuesday amid controversy – some MPs boycotted the speech while Hamas slammed Merkel for being blind to what it called Israel’s “Holocaust” against Palestinians.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s three-day solidarity visit to Israel to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Jewish state following the Nazi holocaust climaxed with a historic speech to the Knesset, the Israeli parliament on Tuesday, March 17.

The 53-year-old became the first German head of government to address the Knesset, an honor normally reserved for heads of state.

Merkel told Israel’s parliament that Germans are filled with shame over the Nazi Holocaust and that she bows before the victims. In an emotional speech, delivered in German and a smattering of Hebrew, Merkel said her country will always be committed to Israel’s security, particularly in light of growing threats from Iran.