Jewish leaders, Merkel to meet

German officials and world Jewish leaders will discuss Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the threats to Israel.

Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, will meet Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin. Also participating will be the president of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor; the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and WJC vice president, Charlotte Knobloch; and the new WJC secretary-general, Michael Schneider.

The talks will focus on Iran’s nuclear program and the threats to the security of the State of Israel. Other topics that may be discussed, according to the WJC, are Germany’s role in the Middle East, the rise in anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism in some European countries, and the protection of Jewish communities in Germany and central and eastern Europe.

On Oct. 8, Lauder will meet with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome to discuss the strengthening of interfaith, international and intercultural dialogue.

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