German government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit announced that his country plans to intervene on behalf of Israel in the genocide trial at the International Court of Justice.
"The German government firmly and unequivocally rejects the charge of genocide against Israel before the International Court of Justice. There is no basis for this accusation."
During World War 2, Germany had a special responsibility towards Israel because of the Nazi genocide against the Jews, Hebestreit said, adding that the government would continue to support Israel in its defense against Hamas.
"The German government supports the International Court of Justice in its work, as it has for decades. The government intends to intervene as a third party in the main hearing," he added.
Israel's trial at the International Court of Justice
The International Court of Justice heard allegations that Israel committed genocide against Palestinians during the war in Gaza.
South Africa brought the case to the United Nations tribunal. South Africa's application emphasized that "the rights of the Palestinian people must be protected under the genocide convention, which continues to be violated".
"The matters of which South Africa complains against Israel fall within the definition of genocide because the objective is the destruction of a significant part of the Palestinian national, racial and ethnic group," South Africa said in an 84-page written submission to the International Court of Justice.
The court is expected to announce its decision in the coming days after two days of hearings. Injunctive measures are requested for Israel.