Bennett Congratulates New German Chancellor Scholz in First Phone Call After Elected

Both leaders emphasized the importance of the strong connection between Israel and Germany, and agreed to continue the productive relationship between the countries

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New German Chancellor Minister Olaf Scholz in Berlin, last week.
New German Chancellor Minister Olaf Scholz in Berlin, last week.Credit: Tobias Schwarz / AP
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with newly elected German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for the first time on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister congratulated the chancellor on his inauguration, wished him great success, and invited him to visit Israel.

Both leaders emphasized the importance of the strong connection between Israel and Germany, and agreed to continue the productive relationship between the countries in a wide range of areas including economic, political and security ties.

Bennett thanked Chancellor Scholz for his commitment to the State of Israel and its security. In this context, the two also discussed the importance of the effort to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

They further discussed the coronavirus pandemic, focusing on vaccination efforts.

The leaders agreed to maintain continuous and direct contact.

German lawmakers recently elected Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as German chancellor, ending 16 years of conservative rule under Angela Merkel and paving the way for a pro-European coalition government that has promised to boost green investment.

Scholz, 63, who served as vice chancellor and finance minister in coalition with Merkel, got a clear majority of 395 votes from lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament, Bundestag President Baerbel Bas said.

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