Monday, June 04, 2012

German secret NUKE deal with Israel


Secret Cooperation: Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons
on German-Built Submarines revealed by German
news magazine "Der Spiegel"

A German shipyard has already built three submarines for Israel, and three more are planned. Now SPIEGEL has revealed that Israel is arming the submarines with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The German government has known about Israel's nuclear weapons program for decades, despite its official denials. The submarines are built for Israel in a shipyard in Kiel. The advanced Dolphin-class sub combines high-tech diesel and electric power sources. It is among the world’s most advanced submarines and is capable of being converted for launching nuclear weapons.

According to extensive research carried out by the magazine, Israel is equipping submarines that were built in the northern German city of Kiel, and largely paid for by the German government, with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The missiles can be launched using a previously secret hydraulic ejection system. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak told SPIEGEL that Germans should be "proud" that they have secured the existence of the state of Israel "for many years."

In the past, the German government has always stuck to the position that it is unaware of nuclear weapons being deployed on the vessels. Now, however, former high-ranking officials from the German Defense Ministry, including former State Secretary Lothar Rühl and former chief of the planning staff Hans Rühle, have told SPIEGEL that they had always assumed that Israel would deploy nuclear weapons on the submarines. Rühl had even discussed the issue with the military in Tel Aviv.

Israel has a policy of not commenting officially on its nuclear weapons program. Documents from the archives of the German Foreign Ministry make it clear, however, that the German government has known about the program since 1961. The last discussion for which there is evidence took place in 1977, when then-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt spoke to then-Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan about the issue.

The submarines are built by the German shipyard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche-Werft (HDW) in Kiel. Three submarines have already been delivered to Israel, and three more will be delivered by 2017. In addition, Israel is considering ordering its seventh, eighth and ninth submarines from Germany.

The German government recently signed the contract for the delivery of the sixth vessel. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, Chancellor Angela Merkel made substantial concessions to the Israelis. Not only is Berlin financing one-third of the cost of the submarine, around €135 million ($168 million), but it is also allowing Israel to defer its payment until 2015.

Merkel had tied the delivery of the sixth submarine to a number of conditions, including a demand that Israel stop its expansionist settlement policy and allow the completion of a sewage treatment plant in the Gaza Strip, which is partially financed with German money. So far, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met none of the terms.

This latest revelation about Israel’s nuclear weapons capability shows the sheer hypocrisy
of the NATO/EU criminal aggressive Alliance which threatens and imposes vicious sanctions on Iran, which doesn’t have any nuclear weapons, while secretly aiding Israel to expand its nuclear weapons forces contrary to the UN Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty which they all have signed up to.

Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA), has recently published in Ireland a well-researched booklet by Dr David Morrrison of Belfast, which exposes this hypocrisy in detail and which is summarised below:


“The United States , European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran 's nuclear program: Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead.” (Reuters Special Report, 23 March 2012).

 Iran has no nuclear weapons

 Iran has no nuclear weapons programme

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, has said that the possession of nuclear weapons is a “grave sin”

The November 2011 report of the IAEA did not claim that Iran has a nuclear weapons programme

Iran is not in breach of any obligations under the NPT

Uranium enrichment is Iran ’s “inalienable right” under the NPT

The US and its allies are trying to deny Iran its right to uranium enrichment under the NPT
Iran’s nuclear facilities are open to IAEA inspection, Israel ’s are not  A double standard is being applied with regard to nuclear weapons in the Middle East :-

(1)   Iran, which has none, is the object of ferocious economic sanctions and threats of military action;

(2)   Israel, which has many (perhaps as many as 400) and the ability to deliver them to any capital in the Middle East , is the object of over $3 billion a year of military aid.

The US, Israel and others, who are threatening military action against Iran, are in breach of Article 2.4 of the UN Charter, which requires that all UN member states “shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state”.

A full version pdf of the booklet can be obtained from the PANA website here:

Some facts about Iran’s nuclear activities

Áth Cliath/Dublin 04 Meitheamh/June 2012.

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