The unlikely scene is being repeated in neighborhood pubs across the Jewish state. It isn't in every bar, and certainly Israelis argue among themselves if it's OK to support the German team. Many say they still feel weird cheering for Germany — but it's happening.
It demonstrates how far Israel-Germany relations have moved on since the Jewish state was founded. Israelis support Germany for the same reason fans around the world do: They are one of the competition's strongest teams, with beautiful footwork, aggressive strikers and a no-nonsense defense.
In the funky Uganda Bar in downtown Jerusalem, the game was screened in a tiny room with a sheet covering the window to block out the sun. Chain-smoking fans hooted as Germany scored goal after goal. One of the patrons was Ziv Rotfogel, the 33-year-old grandchild of Holocaust survivors.
Like other Israelis interviewed, Rotfogel said he initially felt strange cheering on Germany. He said he still couldn't wave their flag.
It was the same in another tiny Jerusalem bar, the Slow Moshe, where in an earlier game, four men wearing the knitted skullcaps of religious Jews quietly cheered as Germany thrashed Australia.
Back in the Uganda Bar, Ornit Arnon, 35, said the support of many Israelis for Germany was a nod to a better future. "It's an optimistic approach," she said.
Diaa Hadid is a Jerusalem-based AP correspondent.