PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN is greeted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in Berlin..
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Security dominated the discussions between President Reuven Rivlin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday.
Rivlin thanked Merkel for Germany’s ongoing commitment to Israel’s security under her administration, and said that he hoped this would continue regardless of who is in power.
Merkel is in the final stages of campaigning for a fourth term.
Rivlin also thanked Germany for the sale of submarines to Israel, which he said were a vital component in Israel’s security measures, especially in the face of Iran’s support of terrorism from the air, land and sea.
Rivlin spoke of the intensified Iranian threat against Israel in light of its presence in Syria and the spread of its influence throughout the Middle East, which he warned could bring the whole region to the brink of war.
In discussing the Syrian situation with Merkel, Rivlin emphasized the humanitarian aid that Israel is giving to injured Syrians, regardless of which side of the civil war they are on.
Rivlin also spoke of the dangers of Hezbollah and its effect on the Lebanese population with the backing of Iran. He also underscored that Hezbollah constantly ignores and undermines decisions taken by the United Nations Security Council.
Constant bombardment of Israel by Hezbollah, Rivlin told Merkel, leaves Israel with no option but to respond in kind.
The two leaders also spoke of global jihad, ISIS and other terrorist movements and organizations that threaten world stability.
Rivlin pledged that Israel was ready to participate in all efforts by other countries to eradicate terrorism.
They also spoke of the need to bring the close relations between their countries even closer.
Before leaving Munich for Berlin, Rivlin on Wednesday visited the Dachau death camp with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Rivlin laid a wreath and recited the traditional mourners’ Kaddish prayer.