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Government reconsiders Israel sub sale

The Local · 27 Oct 2011, 10:17

Published: 27 Oct 2011 10:17 GMT+02:00

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The Yediot Aharonot said Berlin was rethinking the deal because of German frustration over Israel's decision to approve new settlement building in annexed east Jerusalem, which has raised tensions between the two countries.

The Israeli daily, citing unnamed "high-ranking officials," said the deal had been jeopardised by fraying relations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel was reported to have strongly criticised the Israeli premier during a telephone call last month, saying she had "absolutely no understanding" of Israel's decision to increase settlement building in east Jerusalem.

Speaking to Israeli public radio on Wednesday, defence ministry director general Udi Shani declined to confirm or deny the reported problems with the submarine deal.

"It's a very complicated, very sensitive file that is under discussion. There are many parameters that have to be taken into account," he said.

There have been conflicting reports about whether Israel even wants to buy a sixth Dolphin-class submarine from Germany.

The Israeli navy currently has three Dolphin-class submarines, two of which were bought after the 1991 Gulf War. Two others are on order from Germany and being built at the Kiel shipyard. They are due for delivery in 2012.

Media reports have said the submarines can carry nuclear warheads and have an operating range of 4,500 kilometres.

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In July 2010, the defence ministry denied that Israel was looking to purchase a sixth submarine, after media reports said Berlin had rejected an Israeli request for subsidies for the sale.


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Your comments about this article

12:48 October 27, 2011 by storymann
I for one was pleased with the Chancellor's criticism of the new settlement building.

Until Israel makes a serious effort towards peace with Palestine,no one should sell them any weaponry.
14:02 October 27, 2011 by catjones
Euros or Ethics? Ok, reconsideration time is up, euros bitte.
15:35 October 27, 2011 by Sastry.M
Testing times for both Uncle Sam and Onkel Kurt facing many crises in respective continents. Remains to be seen how U.S is going to respond to O.K's criticism of Israeli settlements.
17:01 October 27, 2011 by vonSchwerin
I'm strongly pro-Israel and anti-settlements. I think that countries like Germany should to Israel: No military aid (or submarine sales), but we are happy to give you priority on the sale of humanitarian items like hospital equipment, etc.

Not selling the subs does not make Germany anti-Israel. Israel needs its friends (Germany and the USA) to say when the emperor is wearing no clothes.
14:17 November 4, 2011 by DOZ
Don't give either side weapons to use on each other. Give them Olive Branches or they are going to take the World to WW3.
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