German opp. wants govt. to explain for aiding nuclear Israel
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On Monday, opposition parties called for an explanation from the German government and demanded more transparency on the weapons deals.
"The German government needs to reveal the facts and make a report to the relevant parliamentary committee," German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported on its website, citing Cem Ozdemir, co-leader of the Green Party.
The country has already built three such submarines for Israel and three more are to be delivered by 2017, while Tel Aviv is considering ordering more such vessels.
The Israeli regime equips the submarines with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, according to a report published by the German weekly magazine, the weekly reported on Sunday. The German government has neither confirmed nor denied the report.
Germany has continued to supply Israel with the submarines, in spite of having been aware of Tel Aviv’s nuclear military activities “for decades,” according to the report.
Israel is widely known to be the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, holding an arsenal of estimated 200 to 300 atomic warheads.
The Sunday report also revealed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made huge concessions to Israel, while Berlin’s military assistance to Tel Aviv is largely financed by German taxpayer money.
In a poll conducted by the Berlin-based opinion survey institute, Infratest dimap on April 17 and 18, nearly 48 percent of the 1,000 participants said they regarded Israel as a serious threat to the world peace and global security.
However, Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Ehud Barak has told the weekly that the Germans should be "proud" that they have secured the existence of the Israeli regime "for many years."