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ISRAEL'S 60TH BIRTHDAY
Uncritical Merkel Gets Red Carpet Treatment in Israel
By Ralf Beste, Ralf Neukirch and Christoph Schult
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become Israel's staunchest ally in Europe. This week, the country has pulled out all the stops to welcome the German leader. Back home, though, many wish Merkel would finally speak up about Israeli excesses in the Gaza Strip. ..story