Germany Mulls Missile Defense System Purchase

Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sunday that Germany is considering buying a missile defense system for protection against a potential attack from Russia.

Scholz was asked if Germany might buy a defense system such as Israel’s Iron Dome.

“This is certainly one of the issues we are discussing, and for good reason,” Scholz said 

Scholz did not specify what type of system Berlin was considering.

“We need to be aware that we have a neighbor who is prepared to use violence to enforce their interests,” Scholz added.

Among the topics discussed when Scholz met with Eberhard Zorn, Germany’s chief of defense was a missile defense shield for the whole territory of Germany.

Scholz and Zorn also spoke about a possible acquisition of the Israeli “Arrow 3” system.

The defense ministry declined to comment on the report. Israel’s defense ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Andreas Schwarz, a member of parliament for Scholz’s Social Democrats and a budget spokesperson, said that the “Arrow 3” system made sense.

“We must protect ourselves better against the threat from Russia. For this, we need a Germany-wide missile defense shield quickly. The Israeli Arrow 3 system is a good solution,” Schwarz said.

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