Germany has reportedly threatened to halt the delivery to Israel of a sixth Dolphin class submarine, supposedly capable of firing nuclear-tipped missiles at Iran, in protest against plans to build 1,100 homes for Jewish settlers in an East Jerusalem suburb.
Israel has three Dolphins operational and is expecting to take delivery of two advanced variants over the next two years, so the loss of the sixth boat, if that happens, shouldn't be catastrophic.
But in political terms, it was have a serious impact on Israel's relations with a key European arms supplier at a time when the Jewish state is facing growing international isolation over its military actions against the Palestinians and its refusal to relinquish Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
German newsmagazine Der Spiegel on Monday cited German government sources as confirming that the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel had conveyed the threat to Israel.
I recommend checking out the link to read more about Israel's history with Germany and its submarine procurement (which now are used for Israel's nuclear missile deterrent).
In any case, this is a good move from Germany, but I really do wonder if it will matter if Israel keeps eating Palestinian land. At somepoint, there will be no land left and then there'll be nothing left to argue about. Israel will gladly accept the existence of a Palestinian state that consists of nothing more than a few ghettos surrounded by concrete walls.