Former Merkel Spokesman Takes Office as Germany's Ambassador to Israel

'The friendship between Israel and Germany is a treasure, and I am honored to work to strengthen it,' Steffen Seibert posted after presenting his credentials to Israeli President Isaac Herzog

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem, last year. Both have quit politics since then.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem, last year. Both have quit politics since then.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
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Steffen Seibert, the long-time spokesman of former chancellor Angela Merkel, has officially taken office as Germany's new ambassador to Israel.

The 62-year-old presented his credentials to Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Tuesday.

"The friendship between Israel and Germany is a treasure, and I am honored to work to strengthen it," Seibert wrote on Twitter after the official ceremony in Jerusalem.

"Without forgetting the past, we look to the future together," the Israeli president said, praising Germany's commitment to Israel's security.
Seibert was government spokesman under Merkel for more than 11 years. Before that, he worked as a television journalist for public broadcaster ZDF.

In Israel, he has taken over the post from the previous ambassador, Susanne Wasum-Rainer, who had her last working day there at the end of June.

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