PM postpones Berlin trip due to illness

PM postpones Germany tri

netanyahu at cabinet 248 aj (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
netanyahu at cabinet 248 aj
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu canceled his planned trip to Germany after developing an infection on Sunday evening, according to a statement released by his office. Following the announcement, the meetings between German and Israeli members of cabinet were postponed to this coming January. According to the statement, the prime minister is suffering from both a viral infection and a light fever. Netanyahu had planned to lead a contingent of seven ministers to Berlin Monday for the second annual Israel-German joint cabinet meeting during which both the Iranian nuclear threat and kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit were set to be high on the agenda. In addition to Netanyahu, the other ministers who would have traveled to Berlin were Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Industry and Trade Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau, Science Minister Daniel Herschkowitz, and deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon. Netanyahu was last in Germany in late August this year. Herb Keinon contributed to this report