Israel’s German Submarines Carry Nukes, says Der Spiegel (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 06/03/12)
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Israel’s has deployed missiles with nuclear warheads on three
submarines purchased from Germany, Der Spiegel reported Sunday.
Three more of the Dolphin-class submarines are on order.
The magazine claims that Germany knows about Israel’s alleged nuclear
weapons, despite formal denials. The Popeye missiles loaded on the
subs reportedly can be launched using a hydraulic system that had
previously been kept secret.
In reporting the response of Defense Minister Ehud Barak to the
report, Der Spiegel wrote, “Barak told Spiegel that Germans should
be ‘proud’ that they have secured the existence of the state of
Israel ‘for many years.’”
Israel is assumed to have nuclear weapons but has maintained an
official stance of “non-committal ambiguity.” But German officials
told the magazine that that they assumed Israel would deploy nuclear
weapons on the submarines.
Germany is subsidizing the sale of the submarines to Israel with a
one-third contribution of neatly $170 million for each ship.
The sale of the sixth submarine was made on condition submitted by
Chancellor Angela Merkel that Israel restrict development for Jews in
Judea and Samaria and that it allow the completion of a sewage system
in Hamas-controlled Gaza. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/03/12)
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