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Ex-mayor of W. Berlin May Be Germany’s Next Ambassador to Israel

Klaus Schuetz, ex-Mayor of West Berlin and a man widely regarded as sympathetic to Israel, is expected to be named the next German Ambassador to Israel, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned from reliable government sources. He will replace incumbent Ambassador Per Fischer.

Schuetz resigned his mayoral position last month after a minor financial scandal involving one of his Cabinet members, though he was not implicated personally. He recently hosted Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek during an exhibition on Jerusalem in West Berlin. He has also paid several visits to Israel.