German outgoing chancellor  Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett ahead of their meeting in Jerusalem's King David hotel on Sunda

Bennett thanks Merkel for Germany's friendship and support for Israel

Speaking ahead of their meeting in Jerusalem, PM says outgoing chancellor responsible for true friendship between Germany and Israel; Merkel to attend special cabinet meeting, will meet president and visit to the Yad Vashem, no meeting with former PM Netanyahu scheduled

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Updated: 10.10.21, 12:48
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel appreciates Germany's long-lasting friendship and commitment to Israel.
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  • Bennett was speaking at the start of his meeting with outgoing German chancellor Angela Merkel in Jerusalem on Sunday.
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    German outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett ahead of their meeting in Jerusalem's King David hotel on Sunda
    (Photo: GPO)
    "The bilateral relations during your tenure at chancellor became stronger than ever and transformed into a true friendship, thanks to your leadership," Bennett told Merkel
    The German Chancellor arrived late Saturday night for her eighth and final visit after more than16 years in office with unwavering support for Israel.
    Germany is Israel's largest trading partner in Europe and the German government has provided solid support to Israel during wars and diplomatic crises.
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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) greeted by Israel's Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff upon her arrival to Israel, October 9, 2021
    (Photo: Foreign Ministry PR)
    This marks Merkel's first visit to Israel since Prime Minister Naftali Bennett took office earlier this year, and her last as chancellor after the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) came ahead of her CDU/CSU conservative bloc in this year's German national election.
    The bilateral relations were characterized by near unwavering support for Israel. Following an inconclusive election last month, her eventual successor to be determined in lengthy coalition talks is not expected to change that approach.
    Although part of her farewell tour, Merkel's last visit to Jerusalem was described as a working visit and will include talks on ongoing bilateral issues including Iran's nuclear ambitions.
    Her two-day trip will include a meeting with Bennett, who will then accompany the outgoing chancellor to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, and to meetings with Israeli high-tech industry leaders.
    In addition to meeting the prime minister, Merkel is scheduled to meet with President Isaac Herzog and Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid.
    The Israeli government will host the outgoing chancellor in its weekly meeting on Sunday, to celebrate the strong ties forged between the two countries during Merkel's tenure. Bennett will express Israel's appreciation of Germany's steadfast support and its role in setting EU's pro-Israel policy and its commitment to the country's security.
    No meeting has been announced between Merkel and former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel
    (Photo: GettyImages)
    The German leader will also receive an honorary doctorate from Haifa's Technion Institute and participate in a panel discussion at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

    Republished with permission from i24NEWS
    First published: 09:34, 10.10.21
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