The Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, Gen. Eberhard Zorn, visited Israel this week as a guest of IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi.
During the visit, which was his first since taking office in April 2019, Gen. Zorn met with senior IDF officials to discuss operational and strategic issues.
The visit was accompanied by the IDF attaché in Germany, Brig. Gen. Ziv Barak, and the German Army attaché in Israel.
Massive Increase in Military Spending
Germany’s €45.1 billion defense budget for 2020, which was approved late November by the German parliament (Bundestag), represents a 4.2% increase from 2019.
With the new budget, Germany is approaching its declared goal, agreed by all NATO members, of committing 2% of GDP to defense spending. Next year’s defense budget is expected to put Germany at 1.42%.
The German Ministry of Defense said it plans to spend €8.9 billion on armaments in 2020. According to a report by Jane’s, Germany has allocated €7.4 billion for procurement, €4.5 billion for equipment and vehicle maintenance, and €1.5 billion for development and testing.
[Sources: Israel National News, DW, Jane’s]