German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Reuven Rivlin when they met in Berlin Tuesday that the current reality shows no promise of a nuclear deal between the world powers and Tehran. She said Iran’s nuclear technology had advanced considerably over the last decade, but if a comprehensive accord could be reached, it might prevent further development. Germany rolled out a red carpet for the Israeli president's visit to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Germany remains completely committed to the safety and security of the state of Israel, said the Chancellor.
This week, Israel and Germany signed an agreement for the purchase from Germany of four new naval vessels to protect Israel’s Mediterranean offshore oil and gas rigs.