""Israel is close to chancellor Merkel's heart, and she has declared the Jewish state's security a matter of high importance to Germany. When Egypt under President Mohamed Mursi ordered submarines from Germany last year, Berlin promised Israel that delivery would be halted if Egypt showed any signs of "animosity" toward Jerusalem. Meanwhile, Israel itself receives submarines from Germany that can be upgraded to nuclear weapons. "That's a contribution to Israeli stability," Christian Mölling from the SWP says. "This way, Israel is ready to defend itself." ""