German government has approved sale of three Thyssenkrupp submarines to Israel, Spokesman of German Government Steffen Seibert revealed on Monday.
Seibert said Germany would make a contribution of up to 540 million euros to help finance the Israeli purchase of the new murder equipment.
The German official referred the reason for his country’s contribution to the “historical responsibility toward the state of Israel.”
He said an inter-governmental memorandum of understanding approving the deal would have been signed on Monday, adding the two sides agreed not to disclose details.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU), noting that “it is strategically important to the security of Israel.”
He added: “Its signing reflects the commitment of Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel to the security of Israel and the deep cooperation between the two countries.”
Ynet News said that Israel already had ordered six submarines from Germany over the past two decades. The three new submarines are expected to go into service from 2027.