DER SPIEGEL: Israeli Nukes Are Deployed Underseas On Subs Bought From Germany
Jun. 3, 2012
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 Defense 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.