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German MPs Urged to Halt Gov't Subsidy for Israeli Submarine

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TEHRAN, July 18 (ICANA) – The German Catholic peace organization Pax Christi on Monday called on the country's parliament to stop plans by the German government to subsidize the highly controversial sale of a sixth submarine to Israel.
Monday, July 18, 2011 6:45:49 PM
German MPs Urged to Halt Gov't Subsidy for Israeli Submarine

The German parliament 'can and must prevent the German subsidy of another submarine for Israel,' Pax Christi Secretary General Christine Hoffmann was quoted saying in Berlin.

By rejecting the subsidy, 'all parliamentary factions can prove whether parliamentary control can stop German arms exports,' she added.

German tax payers are reportedly to foot part of the bill for the sale of a sixth submarine to Israel.

The German government is to allocate 135 million euros from next year's defense budget to pay for the Dolphin-class submarine, estimated to be 500 million euros, according to the Hamburg-based news magazine Der Spiegel.

The deal was apparently sealed during the latest Israel visit of German Defense Minister Thomas de Maziere.

Germany is already paying one-third of the one billion euro price tag for the fourth and fifth Dolphin submarine which are currently still being built for Israel.

Berlin subsidized also the first three submarines which it delivered to Israel in 1999 and 2000, paying around 550 million euro (1.1 million D-Mark).

Meanwhile, Pax Christi vice-president, Wiltrud Roesch-Metzler warned that the German-Israel submarine deal could further spur the arms race in the highly volatile region.

She said Israel, as an atomic power, was pursuing a policy of 'military dominance' in the Mideast regime as it was also trying to remain an 'occupying power.'

Germany has played a major role in arming the Israeli navy over the past 12 years.

Berlin has kept silent on its military cooperation with the Zionist regime, refusing to reveal any details of the contracts.

A hardline supporter of Israel, Germany has become a major arms supplier of the illegal Jewish state despite a constitutional ban to send arms to crisis regions.

There are no official statistics available on the sale of German weapons to Israel as almost all arms exports to the Zionist regime are shrouded in utmost secrecy.

German arms deliveries to Israel between 1998 and 2001 reached reportedly around 900 million US dollars.

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