Israel may lose German sub deal


German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s frustration over new east Jerusalem housing plans may jeopardize Israel’s chances of getting new Dolphin class submarine

ed note–let us hoope that wiser heads prevail and Israel DOES NOT get these subs from which she can launch nukes at whomever she wishes. Giving a criminal entity something such as this differs from the recent ‘Fast and furious’ scandal only in size and scope.

Germany is “reconsidering” its decision to sell Israel a sixth Dolphin class submarine, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, the move was prompted by the tensions between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Merkel’s frustration over the new housing plans approved in east Jerusalem.

Top political sources said that Merkel was irked with Netanyahu, who “gave her the impression that he would be willing to suspend settlement expansion in order to push the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.”

Israel’s recent approval of 1,100 housing units in the Gilo neighborhood in Jerusalem led Merkel to announce that Netanyahu “cannot be taken seriously and has no intention of complying with the basic terms needed to renew the negotiations with the Palestinian.”

Merkel and Netanyahu shared strident words following the decisions, and relations between Jerusalem and Berlin have been strained since.

Disconcerting trend

Defense officials expressed concern over Berlin’s intention to suspend and possibly cancel the submarine sale: According to foreign media reports, the new Dolphin was slated to join Israel strategic fleet.

Earlier in 2011, Germany announced that it would grant Israel a €135 million aid package to build its sixth submarine. German funding has been a significant part in the creation of the Israeli Navy’s submarine crops.

The Navy currently has three Dolphin class submarines, and is expected to receive two new ones, currently under construction in Germany. According to foreign media sources, the new submarines will be equipped to carry nuclear warheads.

The deal was originally approved by former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, despite initial concerns that such ballistic capabilities may upset the nuclear balance in the region.

Senior defense officials refused to comment directly, saying only that “The subject of the sixth submarine is currently being negotiation between the (Israeli and German) governments. It is inappropriate to hash the matter out in the media.”

The Prime Minister’s Office was unavailable for comment.

  1. #1 by Dunderheid on October 26, 2011 - 5:59 pm

    “According to foreign media sources, the new submarines will be equipped to carry nuclear warheads.”
    Just like the previous ones then. These Israeli subs have larger launch tubes to accommodate nuclear missiles, they are very stealthy and can stay submerged for 30 days. Nowhere is safe.

  2. #2 by funky d on October 26, 2011 - 11:46 pm

    yeah, i’ll believe it when i see it. they already given em five, so why stall on the sixth, unless it is another of the staged dramas by the western jew stooge puppets.

  3. #3 by Ingrid B on October 27, 2011 - 12:32 am

    yes, if they already have five, why is a sixth such an issue..

  4. #4 by Isaac on October 27, 2011 - 2:43 am

    This is all a circus. The European Union are just puppets of the parasites.

  5. #5 by nooralhaqiqa on October 27, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    Merkel still puzzles me.

    Who is she trying to please now?

    Is she controlled opposition?

    Is she desperate for votes?

    And does one sub make that much of a difference to a mad dog state like Israel?

  6. #6 by galwayspaniard on October 27, 2011 - 7:22 pm

    If the same bully walks up to you 10 times and swipes you in the nuts, and he comes up the 11th time,do you protect the family jewels
    Germany, wake up
    and also, quit paying reparations to these cheapskate swindlers

  7. #7 by galwayspaniard on October 29, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    Merkel is confusing but still kneels to the zionists and corporatists

  8. #8 by Bunz on January 10, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    It was one of these that sunk the south korean ship ….

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