JERUSALEM/BERLIN (TPS)—The German government will approve Israel’s purchase of three additional submarines, Israel’s Broadcasting Corporation (Kan) reported Monday.
The deal, valued at $2 billion, is set to take effect in 2027 and will include significant financial support from the German government.
“Aiding the armament of Israel using the German [weapons]industry has been a frequently discussed issue over the past 20 years,” said Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, “Germany stands behind its historical commitment to Israel, and [remains committed]in order to ensure Israel’s existence’.
The signing of the deal is taking place follows a recent postponement by Germany due to corruption investigations pertaining to high level officials in the Israeli government and the dealings with Germany’s Thyssenkrupp conglomerate, which manufactures the submarines. However, German officials have also insisted on a clause which would allow Berlin to back out of the deal at any time.