German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Israel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel landed in Israel, beginning a two-day visit to the country, The Jerusalem Post reports.
The government-to-government meeting that was postponed for nearly a year and a half because of disagreements over Israel’s settlement policies and approach to the Palestinians, will finally occur.
Merkel is set to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for dinner and then will have a busy schedule ahead of her.
Her trip will include a visit to to Yad Vashem Musuem, the Israel Musuem and lunch with President Reuven Rivlin. Merkel will continue to have bilateral meetings throughout Thursday.
Merkel could have continued to postpone the meeting, but has chosen not. Political meetings of this nature demonstrate significant symbolism - to show two countries relationships are particularly close.
Among the most pressing issues that should be addressed at Thursday’s meetings, is how Israel can ensure this sentiment outlasts Merkel’s tenure as Germany’s chancellor.