German newspaper Bild reports Merkel’s gov’t grants Israeli request, will sell 2 advanced destroyers for protecting Israeli gas fields at sea, for sum of €1 billion.
Earlier this year, a significant deal between Germany and the Israeli security establishment was completed, as the Germans handed a fifth Dolphin-class submarine to Israel. The handover was marked in an official ceremony in Germany’s city of Kiel.Germany will sell two destroyers to Israel for one billion euros ($1.3 billion), the Bild daily reported Saturday.
The torpedo-carrying war vessels will be used to protect Israeli pipelines, the paper said, without citing a source.
A German government spokeswoman reached by AFP confirmed Cohen’s visit but declined to elaborate.
The report said Israel’s national security adviser, Yossi Cohen, was in Berlin last week.
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The vessel is considered one of the most advanced submarines in the world and is the most expensive war vessel the Defense Ministry has procured for the IDF. The diesel-powered submarines are widely regarded as an Israeli vanguard against foes like Iran. In total, Israel has purchased six Dolphin submarines from Germany.
Elior Levy contributed to this report
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