Massive security for Israeli PM visit

Berliners will have to live with almost three days of closed streets and heightened security measures, as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert visits the German capital. Olmert arrived in the city on Sunday for the three day trip. During this time Berlin will be on the highest security level.

More than 1000 police officers will provide security for the Israeli Prime Minister, who is one of the politicians most vulnerable to attacks in the world. Police are warning that streets surrounding the Hotel Intercontinental, where the Olmert is staying, and sites scheduled for official visits, such as the Jewish Museum, will be subject to especially severe delays.

In January, police began to prepare heightened security measures for areas with Jewish associations. The Jewish Museum will be further protected against terrorist attacks with concrete blockades.

On Tuesday, Olmert will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel to talk about the situation in the Middle East, as well as a German-Israeli government conference in March to mark the 60th anniversary of the Israeli declaration of independence. Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948.