Israel-Germany drone deal will strengthen ties: Netanyahu

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JERUSALEM/BERLIN: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that a roughly one-billion-euro ($1.18 billion) drone deal with Germany would strengthen bilateral security relations and give a boost to Israel’s defence industry.
Germany’s parliament on Wednesday approved the plan to lease Israeli-built surveillance drones for nine years, a sort of stop-gap until a European drone is ready for use around 2025.

Agreement on the long-delayed contract also provides some positive news amid recent friction between the countries over their disagreement regarding world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and Israeli policies toward the Palestinians.

“It’s a huge deal. It has implications first of all on our defence industry and the Israeli economy, but also the continued strengthening security ties between Germany and Israel,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu.

He thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for getting the deal approved in parliament.

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