Germany backs nuclear subs for Israel

By Aaron Klein

Germany said yesterday it will help Israel acquire two nuclear-capable submarines and modernize three older vessels amid escalating tensions between Iran and Israel over Iran’s planned construction of several nuclear reactors.

“We are of course ready to help Israel’s acquisition, and support it. … The exact details now need to be clarified in a working group of both ministries,” German Defense Minister Peter Struck said in an interview with Handelsblatt newspaper.

Struck also said Germany planned to accelerate the purchase of four new frigates for its own use.

Germany financed and supplied Israel with three submarines in the 1990s and said his country was examining how to facilitate a deal for the new boats.

The submarines, which could carry two nuclear warheads, could be used as a deterrent against Iran, which is going ahead with plans to build several nuclear facilities despite American and Israeli pressure to halt construction.

As WorldNetDaily reported, Iran recently announced it may decide to pre-empt an Israeli or American strike against its reactors with an attack against the Jewish state or U.S. interests in the Middle East. The ayatollahs have also gone to great lengths to warn that Iran can “hit anywhere in Israel” with its upgraded version of the Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile.

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