Germany’s Merkel visits Israeli leaders before retirement

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Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel was in Israel on Sunday for a final visit before leaving office. The visit caps Merkel’s 16 years in office, which were characterised by near unwavering support forIsrael. Following an inconclusive election last month, her eventual successor — to be determined in lengthy coalition talks — is not expected to change that approach. Merkel was scheduled on Sunday to meetIsrael’s new prime minister Naftali Bennett and visit Israel’s national Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem. Her talks with Israeli leaders are expected to focus on Iran’s nuclear program. Germany was a…

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