German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a three-day visit to Israel at the end of August. She holds talks with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and meets with President Yitzhak Herzog and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, among others.
Merkel also lays a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.
It may be her last official visit as head of government, as the 67-year-old Merkel will step down as chancellor in September after 16 years.
Israel got a new government in mid-June, backed by a patchwork of parties in parliament. This ended the Netanyahu era, which had been in power continuously since 2009.
Merkel congratulated Bennett on taking office. “Germany and Israel are linked by a unique friendship that we want to deepen further,” she said at the time. “Germany will use all its strength for Israel’s security and for peace in the Middle East.”