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Germany's Apology to Israel for Iraq Poison Gas Sales

by Jonathan Dale Rapoport Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2003 at 8:08 AM
jrapoport@hotmail.com +46 (70) 626-1373 Vasavagen 21, 640 23 Valla, Kingdom of Sweden

Germany, after being called on the carpet for supplying Iraq with poison gas intended to be used against the nearly 6 million Jews who live in Israel, gave three undectable German-built submarines capable of launching nuclear missiles to Israel for free as an apology of sorts.

"Germany's Apology to Israel for Iraq Poison Gas Sales"

By Jonathan Dale Rapoport

8 September 2003

Jerusalem, The State of Israel



The following two articles from the London "Sunday Times" were written by Israeli freelance journalist Uzi Mahnaimi, rumored to be a former Israeli Intelligence Officer, with a little help from two kind English gentlemen as English is not Uzi's mother tongue.

These articles shocked the world when they showed that Germany, after being called on the carpet for supplying Iraq with poison gas intended to be used against the nearly 6 million Jews who live in Israel, gave three undectable German-built submarines capable of launching nuclear missiles to Israel for free as an apology of sorts.

Of course it does not make up for the fact that thanks to Germany, every Israeli Citizen must have a gas mask in their home and place of business.

When gas masks were first distributed here in Israel to every Israeli Citizen in 1990 during the first American-led intervention in Iraq, Israelis, most of whom lost family in the holocaust and many of whom are holocaust survivors sardonically quipped, "I think the order reached us about 50 years too late."

Nor does Germany's apology to Israel make up for the fact that the United States of America, has, for the third time in a century, been forced to clean up a mess that Germany has created while the leaders of the government of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder have the audacity to compare American politicians and military leaders to Nazis.

Rumored to be a former intelligence officer, Uzi Mahnaimi is rumored to enjoy contacts inside Israeli Intelligence that are the envy of journalists around the world and has presumably been allowed on several occasions to twitch the veil of the institute and give us mere mortals a peek of what is really going in Israel.

The English word "institute" is the Hebrew word for "mossad" hence the name of Israel's Intelligence Service, The Central Institute for Intelligence and Special Missions.

Over the past few years, Uzi Mahnaimi has lived up to his name and broken a number of sensational stories above the fold on the front page of the London "Sunday Times" that are far more powerful than the high-velocity 9 millimeter rounds in the 45 cartridge clip of the internationally famous Israeli weapon that is his namesake could ever be.

"The pen is mightier than the sword."

-Variously Attributed



Publication: London "Sunday Times"

Publication Location: London, The United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Publication Date: 18 June 2001

Dateline: Tel Aviv

Headline: Fears of new arms race as Israel tests cruise missiles

Authors: Uzi Mahnaimi and Peter Conradi



ISRAEL has test-fired cruise missiles capable of

carrying nuclear warheads, fuelling fears of an

escalation in the Middle East arms race.

Israeli defence sources revealed that the tests,

involving two German-built Dolphin-class submarines,

took place last month off Sri Lanka.

The Israeli-made missiles, which were equipped with

conventional warheads, hit targets at sea at a range

of about 930 miles, they said.

Israel is the third country - after America and Russia

- to be able to fire nuclear cruise missiles from

submarines.

The tests will alarm Israel's neighbours and embarrass

the German government. It paid for the £200m

submarines to compensate for Iraq's use of German-made

weapons against Israel during the Gulf war. A third

submarine is expected to be operational within weeks.

Despite moves towards Middle East peace, Israel

remains concerned about its vulnerability to attack,

particularly from Iran. Israeli intelligence believes

Tehran will develop nuclear weapons within two years.

Israel has never acknowledged its nuclear programme,

revealed by The Sunday Times in 1986. However, its

military planners are believed to have produced

between 100 and 200 nuclear weapons.

Sources said these included several 200kg warheads -

each containing 6kg of plutonium - that could be

mounted on cruise missiles.

Israel already has land and air-based nuclear weapons.

It now plans to equip each of the three submarines,

which have the advantage of being almost impossible to

detect, with four cruise missiles.

Their ability to strike back after a non-conventional

attack on Israel makes them a formidable deterrent.

Under a system of rotation, two of the vessels will

remain at sea: one in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf,

the other in the Mediterranean. A third would remain

on standby.

The missiles could be fired only after approval by

four people: the prime minister, defence minister,

chief of staff of the Israeli army and the commander

of the navy.

The 1,720-ton diesel-electric submarines, which are

among the most technically advanced of their kind in

the world, can remain at sea for up to 30 days.

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Publication: London "Sunday Times"

Publication Location: London, The United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Publication Date: 18 June 2001

Dateline: Tel Aviv

Authors: Uzi Mahnaimi and Matthew Campbell

Headline: Israel makes nuclear waves with submarine missile test



JUST as President Bill Clinton is engaged in a bitter

public debate about how best to defend America from

missile attacks launched by "rogue" countries such as

Iran, Israel's intensely secretive military

preparations against the same threat have gone a stage

further.

Israeli defence sources claim the country has secretly

carried out its first test launches from submarines of

cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

The launches last month from German-built vessels in

the Indian Ocean were designed to simulate swift

retaliation against a pre-emptive nuclear attack from

Iran.

While Israel's generals may be jubilant at the

breakthrough - the missile is said to have hit a

target more than 900 miles away - the development

raises the worrying prospect of an escalation in the

Middle East's nuclear arms race just as peace talks

have been thrown into uncertainty after the death of

President Hafez al-Assad of Syria.

According to Israeli sources, the three Dolphin-class

submarines will give Israel a crucial third pillar of

nuclear defence to complement the country's already

much-vaunted land and air ramparts. While the

Israelis' intention of using the German submarines as

roving nuclear launch platforms had long been

suspected, few experts had expected them to develop

the capability to fire submarine-based cruise missiles

so soon.

Planning for a submarine-launched nuclear deterrent

was accelerated after reports in the early 1990s by

Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, that Iran

would be capable of staging a nuclear missile attack

against Israel by 2000.

The latest Israeli estimate has put that threat back

by two years. But uncertainty over Iran's level of

nuclear capability has not slowed Israel's drive to

bolster its defences.

The Dolphin-class vessels are among the most

technically advanced of their kind in the world. They

are twice as big as the 23-year-old Gal-class

submarines that the Israeli navy has relied on to

date.

Israel ordered the submarines from Germany when it

could not find an American shipyard to produce the

diesel and electric-powered vessels it needed,

according to Israeli sources.

In a sign of the sensitivity of the project, elite

crews have been assembled to man them: the 35 officers

and men aboard each vessel have been nicknamed "force

700" because of the average 700 points they scored in

psychological tests devised by the Israelis. The

scores are equivalent to an IQ of 130-140. Another

five specially selected officers solely responsible

for the warheads will be added to each vessel once the

missiles are operational.

America's supply of military technology to Israel is a

sensitive political issue. Last week there were calls

in Washington for a cut in aid to Israel unless it

cancelled the sale to China of a spy plane built with

American-supplied technology. The Pentagon fears it

could be used against American pilots.

Since achieving nuclear capability in 1966, Israel has

kept a hawkish eye on its neighbours' fumbling steps

towards acquiring weapons of mass destruction.

Its fears were dramatically illustrated in 1981 when

Menachem Begin, then prime minister, sent eight F-16

jet fighters to destroy a nuclear reactor in Iraq in

an episode condemned around the world as reckless

military adventurism.

In 1986, Mordechai Vanunu, a former technician at the

Dimona nuclear reactor who revealed secrets of

Israel's programme to The Sunday Times, was kidnapped

by Mossad and jailed. He remains incarcerated.

A decade later, Israeli fears appear to have proved

well-founded. Washington routinely cites Iraqi and

Iranian nuclear ambitions as justification for

America's multi-billion-dollar missile defence system,

whose deployment may be ordered by President Bill

Clinton this year.

America will not look kindly on Israel's development

of a remarkable new military capability at such a

delicate stage in the peace process.

"This is certain to irritate the Clinton

administration," said a defence analyst in Washington.

"It makes it that much harder to get non-proliferation

to stick in the Middle East."

Despite a good personal relationship between Clinton

and Ehud Barak, the Israeli prime minister, relations

between the two countries have soured in recent weeks.

On top of reports of the extraordinary extent of

Israeli espionage in Washington, Israel's proposed

sale of the spy plane to China has outraged American

congressmen.

Under a contract with the Chinese, Israel Aircraft

Industries has installed a Phalcon airborne

early-warning system in a Russian-made Ilyushin. China

has an option for three more such planes. American

officials say they fear they will pose a threat to

Taiwan - as much of an American ally as Israel - and

upset the military balance.

Relations have been strained further by other Israeli

missile tests conducted without advance warning to the

Pentagon. Last month the American navy criticised

Israel for test-launching a Jericho ballistic missile

off its coast in April when an American warship in the

vicinity momentarily thought it was under attack.

Pentagon officials said the missile landed about 40

miles from the warship. "That's pretty close for a

missile that's not the most accurate," said one

official, adding that this was the third time in two

years that Israel had conducted "nonotice" missile

tests near an American warship.

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THE TWO ARTICLES CONTAINED IN THIS ARTICLE FROM THE LONDON "SUNDAY TIMES" ARE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF WRITERS UZI MAHNAIMI, MATTHEW CAMPBELL AND PETER CONRADI.

JONATHAN DALE RAPOPORT HAS NO RELATIONSHIP WHATSOVER WITH THE AFFORMENTIONED WRITERS OR WITH THE LONDON "SUNDAY TIMES."

JONATHAN DALE RAPOPORT TAKES NO POSITION ON THE RUMORS ABOUT UZI MAHNAIMI BEING A FORMER ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE OFFICER.

JONATHAN DALE RAPOPORT WOULD, HOWEVER, NOT BE REPORTING FULLY AND ACCURATELY IF HE WERE TO EXCLUDE THESE RUMORS FROM HIS PRESENTATION OF UZI MAHNAIMI AND HIS OUTSTANDING JOURNALISM.

THIS ARTICLE IS THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF WRITER JONATHAN DALE RAPOPORT, A WRITER BASED IN THE EUROPEAN UNION MEMBER STATE OF THE KINGDOM OF SWEDEN.

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