Angela Merkel rejects Israeli "demand" for respirators.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is claimed to have rejected Israeli President Binyamin Netanyahu's demand for medical respirators, amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

In a phone call last Tuesday between the two leaders, Netanyahu reportedly demanded medical respirators from Germany. The fact of the phone call is recorded in a written statement from the Israeli Presidency Office. No further details were provided about the phone call.

Yossi Cohen, head of Israel's intelligence service MOSSAD, and Meir Ben-Shabbat, head of National Security Council, have formed a mutual team to provide necessary medical equipment from abroad, Israel's public press organization KAN reported on March 25.

At the time of writing, Israel has reported 4,347 coronavirus cases, with 15 deaths. Worldwide, 34,017 deaths have been reported.

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