Livni with Merkel
Photo: Dudi Vaknin
Merkel at Yad Vashem
Photo: Haim Zach

Merkel says EU committed to Israel's safety

After visiting Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, German Chancellor meets Prime Minister Olmert. PM lauds Merkel for her efforts to promote kidnapped soldiers' release

Germany and the European Union are committed to the safety of Israel's citizens, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday after meeting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.


Merkel said that endorsing the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict necessitates recognition of Israel's right to exist, and renouncing violence.


The German leader spoke of the horrors of her country's Nazi era, and said that Germany, along with the Quartet were making efforts to ensure that Israel lives in peace.

Merkel gets honorary doctor at Hebrew U (Photo: Dudi Vaknin)


Olmert, on his part, lauded Merkel for her efforts on the issue of the kidnapped soldiers' release and for her contribution to the strengthening of ties between Israel and Germany.


The prime minister said that Israel was at an important junction of making decisions regarding its future, and that the strategic partnership with Germany would play a crucial role in the efforts to promote peace in the region.


Earlier Sunday, Merkel was awarded an honorary doctor degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The German leader convened with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who also accompanied her to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, where Merkel placed a wrath at the Yizkor tent and signed the guest book.


פרסום ראשון: 04.01.07, 14:15
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