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Germany Threatens To Halt Submarine Sale to Israel Over Settlements

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A German "Dolphin" submarine docks at the port of Haifa in Israel.

The German government is threatening to halt the delivery of a submarine capable of firing nuclear warheads in protest of the Israeli government’s recent decision to build new homes in the Arab part of Jerusalem. Earlier this year, SPIEGEL reported that Germany’s subsidized submarine sales program is linked to World War II reparations.

Germany is threatening to stop the delivery of a “Dolphin” submarine to Israel in protest over the country’s settlement policies. Government sources confirmed the development when asked by SPIEGEL following speculation last week in the Israeli media that Germany might halt the sale.

The move is in response to the recent decision by the Israeli government to approve the construction of 1,100 homes in Gilo, an Arab part of Jerusalem captured from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War. The Israeli government considers the area to be a Jewish suburb, but the international community contests that description.

The threat by German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been the subject of considerable concern in Israel.

The nuclear-weapons capable Dolphin submarines are an important part of the Israeli military strategy. The navy already owns three of the submarines and two further vessels are currently being built by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), the shipbuilding division of German steelmaker Thyssen-Krupp, in Kiel, Germany.

This summer, the German government approved €135 million ($189 million) in funding to assist Israel with the purchase of a sixth Dolphin submarine over the next four years. Now, however, that deal for the sixth submarine is in jeopardy.

In addition to its capability of firing nuclear warheads, the submarine also has a larger cruising range because of its advanced modern fuel-cell propulsion technology.

Germany has been delivering submarines to Israel since the end of the 1990s following the first Gulf War. The first two submarines given to Israel were entirely subsidized by the German government, but those subsidies are being reduced with each additional purchase. Under the current program, the government is subsidizing one-third of the cost of the submarine.

‘A Five-Year Plan on Holocaust Reparations’

In January, SPIEGEL reported on a United States diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks dating back to January 2005 indicating that the partial subsidization of some submarine sales could be a backchannel diplomatic response to demands for Holocaust reparations payments made by Israel at the time.

An advisor to then-prime minister Ariel Sharon informed the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv of a “five-year plan on Holocaust-era reparations, pensions and restitution.” The document cited the advisor stating that the plan envisioned the Israeli government calling for Germany to take over responsibility for restitution payments that had been ignored by East Germany in the sum of around $500 million, “possibly in the form of new German-made submarines.” It was a portion of a 1953 German-Israeli reparations agreement “that had been attributed to East Germany, but never paid.” A member of the working group from the prime minister’s office contended “that such a GOI claim would not violate any ‘closure’ agreements about Holocaust-era claims because it would be based on the unfulfilled portion of a pre-existing agreement.”

The timing of the demand was good because in 2005, Germany and Israel celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations. Redress also played a role in the submarine deals at the time, sources with knowledge of it confirmed to SPIEGEL in January. Then-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder approved the deal for the submarine exports during his last days in office in November 2005.


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3 Responses to " Germany Threatens To Halt Submarine Sale to Israel Over Settlements "

  1. meh-GID-oh says:

    There is NO Arab part of Jerusalem…That Israel allows Arabs to live there is a courtesy. That the Muslim Abomination of a mosque is allowed on Israels land (bought and paid for -see- 1 Chronicle 21:25 and 2 Samuel 24:24) simply amazes me. Watch how the ‘Prophecies’ unfold… Some terrible times ahead in the Mideast (and the world) all to be brought on by the worlds ‘ignorance of the Scriptures’ and the siding with *Islam…*the false religion that intends to rule the world. It’s coming…very soon to a neighborhood near you.

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    • seanoamericano says:

      That land was stolen from palistine and and its time to quit giving US tax dolllars to isreal and getting nothing in return. All trouble in the middle east stems from isreal. For a thousand years everywhere jews go they ruin cultures steal wealth start wars between others and claim they are the chosen ones. Because Jesus threw the moneychangers out of his fathers house they whined to the Romans and had him crucified. Why would god choose the people using his house for profit and then had his son killed when he interupted their cash flow dont make any sense. If somebody did that to my house and kid wandering around homeless for a thousand years hated everywhere they go would only be the beginning.

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  2. Merde says:

    It was one of these boots issued free to terrorists that was used as the platform for the pentagon cruise misile attack.

    Hitler was never so BOLD and look at what happened to his story..

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