Netanyahu shortens Berlin visit, amid Israeli security worries

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesdsay shortened a trip to Berlin scheduled for this week, according to his office, which earlier said he had held consultations “on developments in national security.”

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The statements did not provide further details.

Netanyahu is due to depart for the German capital later on Wednesday. A preliminary itinerary circulated last week said he would return on Friday. But the new statement said he would return on Thursday.

His nationalist-religious coalition government, in power since December, has been beset by unprecedented protests against a planned judicial overhaul. Demonstrators said they would try to prevent him reaching the airport on Wednesday.

Separately, he and defense Minister Yoav Gallant said they have been holding high-level discussions about national security matter on which Israeli officials have declined further comment.

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