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Our German subs are none of your business, Egyptian navy tells Israel

Cairo responds harshly to report that Jerusalem is putting pressure on Berlin to sink arms deal

Elhanan Miller is the former Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

A Class 209 submarine in the Mediterranean in 2005. (photo credit: U.S. Navy/Dave Fliesen)
A Class 209 submarine in the Mediterranean in 2005. (photo credit: U.S. Navy/Dave Fliesen)

Israel’s angst over the willingness of Germany to sell Egypt two Type 209 attack submarines was dismissed by Egypt’s navy Sunday.

In a statement published by Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, sources in the Egyptian navy denied that Berlin would torpedo the military deal with Egypt due to Israeli pressure, as was reported in Yedioth Ahronoth.

“The only two parties determining the fate of this deal are the German and Egyptian governments and not Israeli newspapers which try to destabilize security within Egypt,” a source in the navy told Al-Ahram, assuring the daily that the deal is proceeding as scheduled.

It was “noteworthy” that Israeli media did not comment on another important military deal with the United States, which would supply Egypt with four US-built FMC missile ships by early 2013, the daily claimed.

“We will not allow anyone to enter our territorial waters,” Egypt’s new navy commander Osama el-Gendy told Al-Ahram on Friday during a joint naval exercise with Greece.

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