“This is certainly one of the issues we are discussing, and for good reason,” he told public broadcaster ARD when asked whether Germany might buy a defense system such as Israel’s Iron Dome.
He did not specify what type of system Berlin was considering.
When asked whether Germany aimed to procure a missile defense system with a longer range than its existing Patriot batteries, Scholz said: “We need to be aware that we have a neighbor who is prepared to use violence to enforce their interests.”
The Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported earlier a missile defense shield for the whole territory of Germany was one of the topics discussed when Scholz met with Eberhard Zorn, Germany’s chief of defense.
Specifically, they spoke about a possible acquisition of the Israeli “Arrow 3” system, the paper said.
The defense ministry declined to comment on the report. Israel’s defense ministry had no immediate comment.
Andreas Schwarz, a member of parliament for Scholz’ Social Democrats who is a budget spokesperson, told the newspaper such a system made sense.
“We must protect ourselves better against the threat from Russia. For this, we need a Germany-wide missile defense shield quickly,” he told the newspaper, adding: “The Israeli Arrow 3 system is a good solution.”
In a landmark speech days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Scholz announced that Germany would sharply increase its defense spending to more than 2% of its economic output and inject $110 billion into defense.
Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, the head of parliament’s defense committee, said Germany should consider various options for missile defense, including against high-flying ballistic missiles which enter space for part of their flight.
“Israel produces such a system and it makes sense to not only look into different scenarios but also to potentially buy it as soon as possible,” she told Welt television.