Similarly, the Ministry had rejected the German company Thyssenkrupp's application to use Norwegian waters to test two newly manifactured attack boats as the submarines were built on commission from the Israeli navy.
– We have the strictest rules for the export of goods and services on the defense side. And we do not export the materials or services to countries where there is war or war threats, says Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store to NRK.
It was different 10 years ago
According to NRK's report, the Ministry had approved the use of waters in southern Norway for testing Israeli underwater vessels in 1999. But the Minister denies that there is change in the relationship between Norway and Israel.
In June, Brennpunkt, a documentary on NRK had revealed that Israel's three high-tech submarines have been tested and certified in Norway, and the two new submarines under construction could be on the way for testing in Norway. The program also had presented that Norway, through the Government Pension Fund Global (Oil Fund) has invested 1.82 billion in shares and 50 million in bonds in the German company Thyssenkrupp , which owns the submarine shipyard in the port city of Kiel.