October 16, 2021
General News

Merkel bids Israel farewell after 16 years of support

Germany’s outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Israel on a farewell tour Sunday, after a 16-year term during which she cultivated warm relations with the Jewish state. 



In this file photo taken on October 4, 2018, German Chancellor Angela Merkel raises a toast with then Israeli president Reuven Rivlin at the presidential compound in Jerusalem. Merkel is making a final visit to Israel as chancellor this weekend


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In this file photo taken on October 4, 2018, German Chancellor Angela Merkel raises a toast with then Israeli president Reuven Rivlin at the presidential compound in Jerusalem. Merkel is making a final visit to Israel as chancellor this weekend

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said he and Merkel would discuss “regional threats and challenges, especially the Iranian nuclear issue”, and maintaining Israel’s “strength in all spheres”.

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It is Merkel’s eighth and final visit to Israel as chancellor, as she prepares to retire from politics.

She arrived late Saturday, the Israeli foreign ministry said.

Merkel had initially planned to visit in August, but…

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