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Germany reports massive surge in arms exports to Israel

Government allowed exports worth almost $323 million to Israel up to Nov. 2 -- almost 10 times as much for whole of 2022, according to Economic Ministry

Oliver Towfigh Nia  | 08.11.2023 - Update : 09.11.2023
Germany reports massive surge in arms exports to Israel


Germany has greatly increased arms exports to Israel, media reports said Wednesday.

The government allowed exports of almost €303 million ($323 million) to Israel up to Nov. 2 -- almost 10 times as much for the entire 2022 (€32 million), according to the German Economic Ministry.

The approvals include primarily components for air defense and communications equipment.

Since an attack on Israel by the Palestinian group, Hamas, on Oct. 7, 185 permit applications from Israel have been processed by Germany as officials in Berlin have repeatedly said Israel's security is Germany's "reason of state."

During a NATO meeting in Brussels last month, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius confirmed that Israel was also requesting munitions for its navy.

"We will discuss with the Israelis how exactly that will now proceed," Pistorius was quoted as saying.

More material and military support may be in the pipeline, and German officials have said they will meet Israel's requests as they are made.

Also, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock discussed a possible peace solution for the Gaza Strip at the G7 foreign ministers' meeting in Tokyo.

“We need clever solutions as to how and by whom Gaza can be managed in the future. And we need practical steps towards a two-state solution, even if it may be a long way off,” Baerbock said at the end of the meeting.

Gaza must not pose a terror threat to Israel in the future, Palestinians must not be driven out of Gaza and there must be no occupation or reduction in the size of the Gaza Strip, she added.

Baerbock also said there should be no political solution forced on the Palestinians.

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