Is­rael PM praises $1B drone deal with Ger­many

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JERUSALEM — Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu is prais­ing a $1-bil­lion mil­i­tary drone deal be­tween Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries and Ger­many as a sign of strong bi­lat­eral se­cu­rity ties. Ger­many’s par­lia­ment ap­proved the agree­ment to lease Heron TP drones from the state-owned Is­raeli com­pany through Air­bus. IAI said Thurs­day the deal was for five drone sys­tems, train­ing for Ger­man op­er­a­tors, and sup­port ser­vices. Ger­man De­fence Min­is­ter Ur­sula von der Leyen told Ger­many’s DPA news agency on Wed­nes­day that the long-range drones will “pro­vide bet­ter pro­tec­tion for the sol­diers on the ground” in Afghanistan and Mali. Ne­tanyahu says the agree­ment will be a boon not only “for our se­cu­rity in­dus­tries and for the Is­raeli econ­omy, but also for the con­tin­ued strength­en­ing of se­cu­rity re­la­tions be­tween Is­rael and Ger­many.”

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