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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
PM Netanyahu to Visit the Czech Republic and Germany; Fourth Meeting between the Israeli and German Governments

PM Netanyahu to Visit the Czech Republic and Germany; Fourth Meeting between
the Israeli and German Governments
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, tomorrow (Wednesday, 5
December 2012), will leave for the Czech Republic and Germany. In the
morning, Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet in Prague with Czech Prime
Minister Petr Necas and will personally thank him for the Czech Republic's
brave stand alongside Israel against the Palestinians' unilateral move at
the UN
http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Spokesman/Pages/spokeczech011212.aspx
. In the afternoon, the Prime Minister and his entourage will depart for
Berlin.

On Thursday (6 December 2012), Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet with
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the context of the fourth meeting
between the Israeli and German governments. (This will be his second meeting
with Chancellor Merkel; they will also meet for dinner tomorrow evening.)
During the meetings a joint declaration will be signed emphasizing the
determination to continue enhancing bilateral relations and to further
expand cooperation on a range of important strategic issues. The two
governments will also sign a series of agreements on a broad range of issues
(see list below).

Afterwards, Prime Minister Netanyahu, members of the Berlin Jewish community
and German government representatives will hold a memorial ceremony at track
17 at the Berlin-Grunewald railway station from which tens of thousands of
Jews were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz and Thereisenstadt.

On the eve of his departure, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "I will depart
for Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, and I will thank Prime
Minister Necas, on behalf of the citizens of Israel, for the brave vote
against the Palestinians' unilateral move at the UN. The history of Israel
and the Czech Republic teaches us that we must cling to the truth even if
the majority is not on your side. From there I will continue to the planned
visit in the German capital, Berlin, where I will meet with Chancellor
Merkel. I will thank her for supporting Israel's right to defend itself
against the terrorism of the missiles that were fired at us during Operation
Pillar of Defense and we will discuss recent developments in the region. In
Berlin, I will attend a memorial ceremony at Track 17 from which tens of
thousands of Jews were taken to the death camps. Six million of our people
were slaughtered on European soil. From the ashes of the Holocaust, we
established a state and an army. Attacks on the Jewish People and its state
have not ceased since our independence. The difference is that today we have
an army to defend us and we have a Government that tells the world the
truth."

During the meetings in in the context of the fourth meeting between the
Israeli and German governments, agreements will be signed in the following
areas:

* Marking the 50th anniversary in 2015 of the establishment of relations
between Israel and Germany;
* Cooperation in research and development;
* Cooperation in security and the war against terrorism;
* Cooperation in cyber-security;
* Cooperation in education and youth exchanges;
* Cooperation in renewable energy;
* Cooperation in transportation, railways and electric vehicles;
* Cooperation in agriculture;
* Cooperation in home front defense (natural disasters and emergency
situations);
* Cooperation in environmental protection; and
* Preserving and renovating the "White City" in Tel Aviv
http://www.white-city.co.il/english/index.htm

The following members of the Israeli and German governments will participate
in the meetings:

For Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak,
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Science
and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, Agriculture and Rural
Development Minister Orit Noked and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

For Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle,
Defense Minister Thomas de Maizere, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble,
Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan, Food, Agriculture and
Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner, Economic Cooperation and
Development Minister Dirk Nieble, Transport, Building and Urban Development
Minister Peter Ramsauer and Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor and
Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Bernd Neumann.

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