Construction of Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem has always provoked a mixed reaction in the West. This time, Israel's actions in this direction have been the subject of sharp criticism by Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not hide her disappointment with the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu who does not intend to abandon the construction of settlements. At the same time, a major contract for the supply of the Israeli army with German submarines is in jeopardy. It is not ruled out that Berlin would purposely take a step in order to force Tel Aviv to abandon construct- ion at the disputed territories. It should be noted that the Germans tried to similarly influence the Netanyahu government in the past. Another story that has left an unpleasant aftertaste in the relations between the two countries took place in late 2010.