Netanyahu: German submarines prove commitment to Israeli security (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Ofer Aderet 06/06/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that submarines
supplied by Germany to Israel are "a very important addition to our
national security," adding that "through them, [Germany] demonstrates
its commitment to Israel´s security."
Netanyahu made the remarks in an interview with Kai Diekmann, chief
editor of the German tabloid Bild, Europe´s most popular newspaper,
On Monday, another German newspaper, Der Spiegel, reported that
submarines produced by Germany and supplied to Israel as part of an
extensive arms deal are capable of launching nuclear-tipped cruise
missiles – despite insistence by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that
the submarines provided to Israel are not nuclear-capable.
While he was not asked about the submarines´ nuclear capabilities,
Netanyahu told Diekmann he attributes "great seriousness" to
Germany´s concern for Israel´s security, but added that "it´s
important that the Jewish State know how to defend itself against all
"As Churchill said, ´Give us the tools, we will defend ourselves,´"
Der Spiegel reported that Israel is considering the purchase of three
more German submarines, in addition to the six it had already bought –
three of which are already in Israel. Germany absorbs a third of the
cost of the deals, and allows Israel to delay payment of its part
Der Spiegel also reported that Germany has been conducting
negotiations with Pakistan over the sale of nuclear submarines.
According to the report, negotiations between the two states have
been ongoing for several years regarding the sale of three nuclear-
capable subs at a total cost of 1.2 billion Euros.
The report was published two days after Der Spiegel´s cover expose
claiming that Germany sold Israel submarines capable of carrying
The deal was justified on the basis of Germany´s commitment to
Israel´s security, and the Holocaust. It has become clear that
Germany has been conducting parallel negotiations with additional
states, which do not necessarily recognize Israel and in certain
scenarios could feasibly threaten its security.
"Pakistan does not officially recognize Israel, and is conducting an
arms race with India. Supplying German submarines could ignite [the
arms race] and threaten world peace," it was reported in the
article. "Additional arming of Pakistan is against Israel´s
Opponents of the deal quoted in the article cited Pakistan´s
instability, with terrorist threats and religious extremists, raising
the risks involved with transferring the German sub.
The German Defense Ministry, for its part, argued that Pakistan
is "the West´s partner" in the war on terror. (© Copyright 2012
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