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For decades the world has accepted that Israel sits upon a mountain of nuclear weapons that it says simply don’t exist, and without any proof to show otherwise, that’s the way it has stood. Until now.Der Spiegel reports that after extensive research they’ve unearthed proof not only of Israel’s nuclear weapons, but that it’s deployed them aboard its fleet of new German-built submarines.
From Der Spiegel:
Germany is helping Israel to develop its military nuclear capabilities, SPIEGEL has learned. 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 defence 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.
The German magazine says that documents from the German Foreign Ministry show the German government has known about Israel’s nuclear program since 1961, and has evidence of conversations on the subject as recently as 1977.
Israel has already accepted three German subs, built by HDW in Kiel, and will accept delivery of three more within five years.
And if all this wasn’t news enough, it also appears Angela Merkel is cutting the Israelis’ one hell of a deal.
Apparently Berlin will be covering one-third the cost of the sixth sub, about $168 million, and allowing Israel to defer payment for another three years.
There are suggestions the deal is tied to a German built sewage treatment plant slated for the Gaza strip.
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