Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, Chairman of the German Defense Committee

The German government is considering acquiring an Israeli missile defense system, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the president of the parliament’s Defense Committee revealed this Sunday.

“Given the threat and the various weapons systems available to Russia, of course we should be interested, of course,” Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann told the Welt newspaper.

According to Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, “there are different options, especially since this shield was built for a very specific missile, fired at very high altitude, that arrives from space and that a conventional defense system cannot help”.

“Therefore, it is important that we deal with this as quickly as possible”, added the official, from the Liberal Party, which is part of the governing coalition.

For the president of the Defense Committee, who will travel to Israel, this process must be “very fast, but it must also be discussed very seriously”.

The decision has not yet been taken, but Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party, the main party in the ruling coalition, is in favour, the German newspaper Bild reported today, quoted by AFP.

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