Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that submarines supplied by Germany to Israel are “a very important addition to our national security,” adding that “through them, [Germany] demonstrates its commitment to Israel’s security.”
Netanyahu made the remarks in an interview with Kai Diekmann, chief editor of the German tabloid Bild, Europe’s most popular newspaper, in Jerusalem.
On Monday, another German newspaper, Der Spiegel, reported that submarines produced by Germany and supplied to Israel as part of an extensive arms deal are capable of launching nuclear-tipped cruise missiles – despite insistence by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the submarines provided to Israel are not nuclear-capable.
While he was not asked about the submarines’ nuclear capabilities, Netanyahu told Diekmann he attributes “great seriousness” to Germany’s concern for Israel’s security, but added that “it’s important that the Jewish State know how to defend itself against all threats.”
“As Churchill said, ‘Give us the tools, we will defend ourselves,’” he added.
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