Tyskland skal selge to ubåter til Egypt. Israel er bekymret. Hva skal Egypt med angrepsubåter? Egypt er økonomisk helt på felgen.

Last week, Egypt’s new navy chief said Cairo had signed an agreement with Berlin to buy two German-built Type 209 attack submarines. Yedioth Ahronoth had reported that the reported deal caused friction between Israel and Germany. The paper also claimed that Jerusalem sought to torpedo the deal, a report that was dismissed by the Egyptian navy.

“The only two parties determining the fate of this deal are the German and Egyptian governments and not Israeli newspapers which try to destabilize security within Egypt,” an unnamed Egyptian navy official said.

Seibert said German secrecy laws prevented him from commenting on the reports.

Arms exports need to be approved by the Federal Security Council.


Israel currently uses three Dolphin-class submarines, which have been fully or partially funded by the German government. A fourth was transferred to the Israeli navy in May. Germany is due to deliver a fifth submarine in 2018, and the contract for a sixth was signed recently. According to foreign media reports, Israel’s submarine fleet is equipped with nuclear capabilities.


Slike handler utløser nervøsitet i Israel. Landet befinner seg i en presset situasjon pga. trusselen fra Iran og islamismen som rykker frem i kjølvannet av den arabiske våren. Israel har grunn til uro. Hvorfor prioriterer Egypt under Brorskapet å kjøpe angrepsubåter, når landet ikke har råd til å brødfø sin egen befolkning?