Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday that Germany has transferred four Patriot missile batteries to Israel as part of a military aid program.

Ya’alon made the statement at a joint press conference with German Defense Minister Ursula Von Der Leyen at the Kirya military compound in Tel Aviv. Israel received the PAC-2 batteries over the past few years as part of a surplus deal between the two countries.

Earlier Monday, the Defense Ministry announced that it has signed a contract to purchase four missile boats from Germany for the Israel Navy, to be used to protect Israel’s offshore natural-gas drilling platforms in the Mediterranean. A senior Israel Navy officer said in recent weeks that the drilling platforms are considered a viable target by Hezbollah. […]