The military and strategic expert at the Rassam Center for Studies, Hatem Al-Falahi, said that Germany is opening its stores in order to support Israel after the accusations leveled against it of negligence and slowness in supporting Ukraine, in addition to its historical accusation of the Holocaust, so it is providing the maximum support it can to prove that it has changed.
Al-Falahi added – in statements to Al Jazeera Net – that German arms sales to Israel increased after the operation Al-Aqsa flood On October 7, 2023, exports reached 10 times the same year, reaching $323 million after the war.
It is noteworthy that the German magazine Der Spiegel said – in a report published yesterday, Tuesday – that the government is considering delivering artillery shells to Israel to support it in the fighting. Islamic resistance movement (Hamas) in the ongoing war on Gaza strip More than 100 days ago.
The report stated that the arms manufacturing sector cannot deliver the desired precision-guided munitions immediately, and that the authorities are studying the option of sending munitions from the German army’s stocks in order to quickly respond to the Israeli request.
The military expert pointed out that this quantity is not the first that Israel has requested; It had previously requested approximately 45,000 missiles from the United States, but Washington only approved 14,000, and the value of the deal was approximately 106.5 million dollars. Thus, it seems that Israel needs such weapons that are used excessively on the battlefield, and this gives A clear indication of the ferocity of the battle in the Gaza Strip.
This type of shells is intended for tanks, and it seems that Germany sent many of these types to Ukraine in the recent period, and therefore it does not have the sufficient number that Israel requires, and therefore it is working to open its stores in order to quickly send them to Israel, according to Al-Falahi.
Regarding the reasons for Israel’s insistence on obtaining this type of missiles, the strategic expert said that Israel today finds itself threatened on multiple fronts. The battles are fierce in the Gaza Strip, and they need this weapon in order to continue the battle and prolong its duration to achieve the goals for which the military operation in the Strip was launched.
Then comes the northern front now with Lebanon, which has become very hot, especially after the assassination of Israel Saleh Al-Arouri Vice President of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (agitation) in the southern suburb of Beirut at the beginning of this month and the leader of Hezbollah’s Radwan unit, Wissam Tawil, and this is what made the party escalate operations, which requires that Israel have the calculations to enter into a new war in the region. All of this requires the presence of large quantities of weapons, which it does not have now.
In addition to the internal calculations represented in the West Bank, they are also prepared to explode. Consequently, this multiplicity of fronts constitutes a threat to Israeli national security, and this is what makes Tel Aviv very much anticipate the future possibilities of the conflict developing, especially since its strategic stock has begun to run out significantly as a result of the excessive use of these weapons in the Gaza Strip.
Al-Falahi concluded that there has been a clear change in German policy. In the past, it had reservations about the issue of using German weapons or supplying them to parties involved in a war or conflict, but it allowed Israel to use its “Herom BT” drones in this war, “in order to Defend itself,” says Germany.