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  Iyar 11, 5777 , 07/05/17

German president seeks to move past rift with Israel

(AFP) - Visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sought to move past a diplomatic dispute between his country and Israel Sunday, saying ties were strong enough to endure "turbulence". Referring to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's refusal to meet German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel after Gabriel met with Breaking the Silence and B'Tselem, Steinmeier said, "The foundations (of the Israeli-German) relationship are so broad that I think they can endure some turbulence like that taking place in the last 14 days."

President Reuven Rivlin, who hosted Steinmeier, said, "Israel is a vibrant democracy with different voices, varied and critical, even if at times these
voices are hard to accept and infuriating." Steinmeier is scheduled to meet Netanyahu Sunday afternoon.

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