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May 5, 2016 12:41 pm

Merkel to Netanyahu: Germany’s Israel Policy Won’t Change

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pictured, clarified that Germany's relationship with Israel will not change. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pictured, clarified that Germany’s relationship with Israel will not change. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone on Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who clarified that a recent report in German newspaper Der Spiegel that she intended to reconsider Germany’s special relationship with Israel was incorrect.

At a press conference on Wednesday, a German government spokesperson stated unequivocally that there would be no change in German policy toward Israel.

Israeli officials described Netanyahu’s conversation with Merkel on Wednesday as “very good.”

On Wednesday, Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold met in Berlin with the German national security adviser and German Foreign Ministry officials. The Der Spiegel report on supposed tensions between Netanyahu and Merkel was one of the topics of conversation.

Gold told Israel Hayom that in his talks with German officials he had “heard no intention to re-examine relations [with Israel].”

“Governments always have different approaches, but there is nothing that will lead to a re-examination of relations,” Gold said. “The assertion made by the Der Spiegel report is completely baseless.”

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