Merkel to visit Israel
On Friday German Chancellor Angela Merkel will head to Israel next Saturday for talks with the country’s new government just weeks before she is due to leave office, her spokeswoman said.
Merkel will meet Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Isaac Herzog during the visit, scheduled for Aug. 28 to 30, spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said on Friday.
The chancellor, who is due to retire from politics following Sept. 26 elections in Germany, will also receive an honorary doctorate from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
Veteran right-wing Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu was ousted from power in June by a disparate coalition of rivals from across the political spectrum.