Germany has greatly increased arms exports to Israel. The approvals include, primarily, components for air defense and communications equipment.
The government allowed exports of almost €303 million to Israel up to 2 November – almost 10 times as much for the entire 2022 (€32 million), according to the German Economic Ministry.
Since an attack on Israel by the Palestinian group, Hamas, on 7 October, 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.
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.
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.
Baerbock also said there should be no political solution forced on the Palestinians.
Middle East Monitor / ABC Flash Point News 2023.