Dolphin-class Navy submarine.
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Defense officials have remained silent over a report that Germany could renege
on its promise to sell Israel a Dolphin-class Navy submarine, due to Berlin’s
disapproval of Israeli construction in the Gilo neighborhood of
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According to the report, published on Wednesday in Yedioth
Ahronoth, German diplomatic officials said the decision to sell the advanced
submarine, which would join Israel’s existing fleet of five submarines, was
being reconsidered in light of the failure of the Netanyahu government to move
forward on talks with the Palestinian Authority.
Defense officials in
Israel said they could not comment on the report. Similarly, in an e-mail to The
on Wednesday , a spokesperson for Germany’s Merkel Administration
wrote, “There has been a long-standing discussion about cooperation regarding
military armaments in the framework of talks between the Federal Chancellor and
the Israeli Prime Minister. In connection with these talks, confidentiality has
been agreed to. I would like to adhere to the confidentiality.”
cited foreign media as saying that the submarine was supposed to join the
strategic fleet of underwater vessels “that carry nuclear missiles
Israel relies on its submarines to carry out long-range security
missions far from Israel’s borders.