Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that Israel has concluded a long-awaited naval procurement deal with Germany.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that three days ago, we added an important component to our defensive force. We purchased four new Saar vessels from Germany,” Netanyahu said, using the Hebrew word for patrol.

Speaking at a Dec. 25 Israel Air Force ceremony, Netanyahu credited German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the bilateral cooperation manifest in the latest deal for the four offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and Israel’s ongoing program for German-built Dolphin-class submarines. […]