German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived Oct. 9 in Israel for a two-day go to. It was Merkel’s seventh journey to Israel throughout her 16 years in workplace, going down shortly earlier than she is about to step down. Still, either side agreed to outline her journey as a working go to, not a farewell one. In different phrases, apart from honoring the outgoing chancellor, all of Israel’s urgent strategic points had been placed on the desk and mentioned along with her.
On the honoring aspect, President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and all of his Cabinet ministers went out of their solution to present appreciation for Merkel, thought-about in Jerusalem one in every of Israel’s best buddies on the worldwide area. In reality, Bennett cleared most of his day Oct. 10 to accompany Merkel on her go to.
Arriving on the night of Oct. 9, Merkel’s staff had requested that she be greeted on the tarmac modestly, with solely Director of State Protocol Gil Haskel welcoming her. The celebration of Merkel’s arrival and friendship begun the day after, with a primary official assembly between Bennett and Merkel on the King David Hotel Jerusalem. “Welcome to Israel, pricey pal of Israel!” Bennett tweeted after the assembly.
The authorities then hosted Merkel at its weekly assembly, an honor hardly ever bestowed on visiting heads of state. Bennett stated that the very diversified Israeli Cabinet is united in its appreciation for the position Merkel had performed through the years in shaping and deepening ties between Israel and Germany. “The bilateral relations during your tenure as chancellor became stronger than ever and transformed into a true friendship, thanks to your leadership,” Bennett informed Merkel. He then stated that his authorities vastly appreciates Merkel’s standing dedication to Israel’s safety. Bennett quoted Merkel saying prior to now that the safety of Israel was a nationwide curiosity of Germany, and that Germany was not impartial on that; an announcement he deems extremely ethical.
Bennett took the chance to deal with the Iranian nuclear challenge, in a transparent message to Merkel’s successor and to her colleagues in Europe. “This is a critical point in time, and Germany’s position is crucial. In Israel, we are taking action and operating against Iran in every dimension — including daily actions to stop it flooding our region with weapons. The Iranians are stalling and their centrifuges are spinning. Israel’s responsibility is to make sure, with deeds and not with words, that Iran will never have nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons in the hands of such an extremist and violent regime will adversely change the region and the world. For us it is an existential issue,” he stated.
Bennett highlighted each these points — Germany’s dedication to Israel’s safety and Israeli issues over an Iran deal — within the joint press convention he held with Merkel after the Cabinet assembly. “Your commitment to the security of the State of Israel is also in actions, not just in gestures and words. I want to thank you, on behalf of all of us, for the clear and vigorous voice of support for Israel in Germany, in Europe and everywhere you go,” he stated. “There is no point in trying to appease the Iranians; they interpret conciliation as a weakness. They continue to thrive in the international community, playing for time while constantly advancing uranium enrichment and destabilizing the region. This is a critical point, and Germany’s position is particularly important.”
At their dinner collectively Oct. 10, Bennett reportedly addressed one other Israeli strategic challenge – that of the German submarine deal. In 2017, Israel signed a memorandum of understanding for the buy of submarines, manufactured by German ThyssenKrupp, with appreciable monetary help from the German authorities. The memorandum included a clause that the submarines wouldn’t be equipped to Israel earlier than suspicions for corruption and bribe over the bilateral deal are cleared.
Last February, German prosecution stated they’d closed their investigation. Three months later, Israel charged a number of former senior officers within the affair. Israeli media stated that Bennett informed Merkel that after the formation of the brand new authorities, the protection institution has reconsidered the acquisition of the submarines from Germany. The up to date place of his Cabinet is that Israel wants the German submarines and want to fulfill the contract.