The Arab League called on the German government Thursday to suspend the delivery of German-made Dolphin submarines to Israel lest the sophisticated submarine be used by the Jewish far right as a tool of destruction and aggression on other nations.
The League’s Assistant Undersecretary for the affairs of the occupied Palestinian and other Arab territories Ambassador Mohammad Sobaih said in statements to the press here that Germany has “strong and very important ties” with the Arab countries.
“Therefore, Germany has to take stock of the interests of the Arab nation and the Middle East peace process while deciding on arms supplies to Israel,” he said.
Ambassador Sobaih was commenting on the recent delivery of a sixth Dolphin which joined the submarine fleet of the Jewish state.
“The German-Israeli arms deal is a cause of concern for the Arab countries since (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu is backpedalling on the commitment to peace and his (Netanyahu’s) Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is beating the drums of war every now and then,” he said.
Ambassador Sobaih cited as an example of Israel’s aggressiveness the recent hostile remarks by Lieberman against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the religious opinions by Jewish extremist rabbis approving the killing of Palestinian children.
“Israel is moving step by step towards the far right and its acquisition of a fleet of the sophisticated submarines will definitely augment its aggressiveness,” he opined.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Sobaih welcomed recent press reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to reconsider the controversial deal with Israel.
Israel finalized the purchase of the sixth Dolphin submarine last May as part of a plan costing up to USD 700 million to expand its fleet under the pretext of warding off threats from foes like Iran.