As German Chancellor Angela Merkel began her meetings in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, it was impossible to keep track of the number of times her hosts, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Isaac Herzog, called her “a true friend.”
In many ways, it was the perfect valedictory visit. Merkel is about to leave office and therefore is not going to be making any crucial foreign policy decisions. She can bask in the admiration. And the best bit for her: being able to leave a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu off her schedule.