Japanese PM Shinzo Abe begins first official visit to Israel by a Japanese premier since 2006 with a meeting in Jerusalem Sunday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Abe brought with him an entourage of 100 people to discuss economic investment opportunities in Israel. Netanyahu visited Tokyo on Jan 4.
Another arrival was Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, who began a five-day visit Friday to Israel and the West Bank. A nine-member US bipartisan Senate delegation is due in Israel this week, led by the New Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain.