Israel is backing away from a long-anticipated ship deal with Germany after failing to secure Berlin’s commitment to share some of the costs of the estimated $500 million buy.

Instead, defense and industry sources here say Israel’s Defense Ministry is opening its four-ship offshore patrol vessel (OPV) procurement to international bidders, with requests for proposals likely by summer’s end.

“The German option is off the table … They’re not willing to contribute funding and, on top of that, the price they proposed is unacceptably high,” said a retired Israel Navy admiral familiar with the discussions. […]