German lawmakers approve €1 billion drone lease from Israel | The …

Germany’s parliamentary budget committee on Wednesday approved a military lease of Israeli-made Heron-TP drones in a deal worth an estimated €1 billion ($1.2 billion).

The deal had faced opposition from the center-left Social Democrats, who are partners in the ruling coalition, because the surveillance drones can also be equipped with weapons.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the approval of the deal.

“This is an enormous contribution to the Israeli defense industry and the Israeli economy. This giant deal is an expression of the strategic cooperation between Germany and Israel and attests to the potential of the Israeli industry to contribute to countries like Germany,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

Netanyahu discussed the deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their meeting last week in Berlin, according to

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