Jewish Journal Op-Ed: ‘Europe Turns to Israel for Defense Modernization’ by FELNET West Coast Director

The Jewish Journal published an op-ed by the West Coast Director of Friends of ELNET, Siamak Kordestani focused on how Europe is increasingly turning to Israel to upgrade its defense capabilities.  

He writes: ‘European policymakers, looking to modernize their militaries in response to the Russian threat, are increasingly turning to their Eastern Mediterranean neighbor with cutting-edge defense technology: Israel.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported that the German government will purchase Israel’s Arrow-3 missile defense system for nearly $4.3 billion. If the sale goes through, it would be the largest defense export in the history of the Jewish state. 

The strategic defense relationship between Israel and Germany is multifaceted and continues to grow. Germany builds Dolphin-class submarines that are central to Israel’s strategic deterrence against hostile states Last year, Berlin purchased $160 million in munitions for its Israeli Heron-TP drones developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).  

Other nations recently purchasing Israeli defense articles include Finland, Romania, Netherlands, Greece, Denmark, Estonia, United Kingdom, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Croatia, and Italy.’  


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