Netanyahu to hold talks with German president

Published March 16th, 2023 - 06:43 GMT
Netanyahu to hold talks with German president
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz

ALBAWABA - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to hold talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a visit to Berlin overshadowed by political turmoil at home.

Netanyahu arrived in Berlin Wednesday, despite attempts of his opponents to obstruct the trip due to the judicial reforms the Israeli government intends to carry out.

Netanyahu was scheduled separate meetings with the German chancellor and president on Thursday.

It is expected that the prime minister will hold talks with Steinmeier and Scholz on bilateral cooperation as well as international and regional security issues, primarily the threat Iran's nuclear program poses to Israel. During electioneering late last year, Netanyahu pledged to hamper it.

Underlining security concerns, German authorities cordoned off the area where Netanyahu was staying. 

3,000 German police secure Netanyahu's visit

German media outlets said more than 3,000 German police have been deployed to ensure Netanyahu's safety.

Netanyahu's visit exposed the German government to pressure, German media outlets said. Netanyahu's opponents had asked Berlin to cancel the visit. 

A number of Israelis living in Berlin called for a demonstration on Thursday, to protest the visit.

Security concerns

Recently, a statement by Netanyahu's office announced the reduction of the duration of the premier's visit to Germany. Whereas after he was scheduled to stay in Berlin until Friday, the Israeli Prime Minister will return to his country after the meetings on Thursday.

Tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets in different parts of Israel nearly two months ago to protest a draft law to amend the judicial system. The law gives Netanyahu's Cabinet more powers over the judiciary by dismantling checks on the executive branch, including through curbing judicial oversight of the government’s and parliament’s actions. 

On Wednesday, Israelis opposed to the judicial reform staged a protest in an attempt to obstruct Netanyahu's travel.

Don't come back Netanyahu

The demonstrators chanted "don't come back," while waving posters with the same phrase along the road leading to Ben Gurion Airport.

New amendments would serve Netanyahu's corruption case

According to the new amendments, the Israeli parliament will be able in the future to overturn the decisions of the Supreme Court. Opponents of the amendments said the change could serve the prime minister in a corruption case that has been filed against him and has been going on for a long time.

But the Israeli prime minister and his allies see the reforms as necessary to restore the balance of power between elected politicians and unelected Supreme Court justices.

Written by Razan Abdelhadi

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