Netanyahu to meet Merkel next week in Berlin

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week in Berlin, Merkel spokesman Georg Streiter said Friday.

Ministers from the two nations will hold a joint meeting Thursday, and the two leaders will give a joint news conference at Merkel’s office after their one-on-one discussions, Streiter said.

Germany voiced alarm Friday at the killings of an Israeli couple Thursday in front of their four children in an attack on the West Bank allegedly carried out by a Palestinian.

The German Foreign Ministry appealed to every party in the Mideast conflict to calm the situation. Spokeswoman Sawsan Chebli warned that on past experience, “a single attack could lead to a situation that becomes uncontrollable.”

She said that after the West Bank killings, both sides must avoid acts that could lead to a further escalation.

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