German Chancellor Scholz visits today

New German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is set to visit Israel on Tuesday, for the first time since entering the role.

Scholz is expected to meet with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, as well as visit Yad Vashem and meet with its chairman, Dani Dayan.

The chancellor will stay in Israel one night; his trip was shortened in light of the war in Ukraine.

The war is expected to be a major agenda item for the visit.

Scholz said on Sunday Germany would sharply increase its spending on defense to more than 2% of its economic output in a major policy shift prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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