Israel Buys Two Subs From Germany – Can Be Used To Deliver Nuclear Weapons Maybe

Israel Buys Two Subs From Germany – Can Be Used To Deliver Nuclear Weapons Maybe

Israel already has three submarines and has made a deal with Germany to buy two more. The news submarines, called Dolphin Submarines, will cost Israel $1.3 billion each and will not be delivered before 2010.

According to Associated Press reporter Ramit Plushnick-Masti, these new subs will be able to deliver nuclear weapons. This would allow Israel to provide either first strike or second strike capabilities. These new subs run off of diesel-electric propulsion systems allowing them to remain submerged for longer periods of time than the three nuclear arms-capable submarines already in Israel's fleet, according Ramit.

The contract was signed July 6th, according to German officials. The Jerusalem Post reports that the subs will be delivered “not earlier than 2010.” The Jerusalem Post also disputes the Associated Press report that “they are not being equipped to fire nuclear weapons.” Comment on this Article on our Forum

It is not clear whether the original contract stipulated the subs not be equipped with nuclear weapon’s capability, or that the Germans changed the agreement after recent allegations that Israel used cluster bombs on civilian populations in Lebanon.

The United States is investigating possible violations by Israel in a secret agreement involving the cluster bombs. New shipments of cluster bombs from the US have been put on hold until the investigation is completed. Not all Germans are happy with the sale of the subs, worrying that the submarines might be used to carry nuclear weapons.

Israel is believed to be in possession of both Jericho-1 and Jericho-2 nuclear-capable ballistic missiles which are buried so far underground that they would survive a nuclear strike. Israel has never confirmed or denied that it has such weapons. Comment on this Article on our Forum

By Dan Wilson

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