Germany's Merkel in Israel for joint cabinet meet
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Israel on Monday afternoon for a two-day visit that will see her meeting top Israeli officials and presiding over a German-Israeli cabinet session.
Merkel, who is travelling with nine of her ministers, was expected to head directly from the airport to Jerusalem where she would hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Immediately afterwards, the two were to host a joint meeting of the German and Israeli cabinets at Netanyahu's office followed by a dinner at a Jerusalem hotel.
On Tuesday, Merkel will meet Israeli President Shimon Peres as well as opposition leader Tzipi Livni, before heading to Tel Aviv to address a security conference.
The last time Merkel visited was in 2008 when she gave a landmark address to the parliament on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state in the wake of the Nazi Holocaust.
© 2011 AFP