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Germany to hold joint military exercise with Israel

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, July 14, IRNA -- Germany has planned to conduct joint military exercise with Israel, the daily Bild newspaper reported Thursday.

The joint maneuvers are part of efforts by Berlin and Tel Aviv to boost their controversial military cooperation, it said.

The report did not specify when and where the military exercises would be held.

A hardline supporter of Israel, Germany has become a major arms supplier to Tel Aviv although the German constitution bans the sale of weapons arms to crisis-hit regions like the Middle East.

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

The German government, which rarely talks publicly about military deals with Zionist regime, had already delivered three of the Dolphin diesel submarines in 1999 and 2000, which are widely believed to carry nuclear missiles.

Another two are on order from north German-based Kiel shipyard Howaldtswerke-
Deutsche Werft (HDW) and scheduled to be delivered by 2012.

Dolphins cost around 700 million US dollars but those in Israeli submarine fleet were extensively financed by Germany as part of what it views as its 'commitment to the security' of the occupying regime.

Critics of Germany's unconditional political and military support for Israel argue its extremely destabilizing to the volatile Middle East region and comes at the expense of the Palestinian people.

Berlin has vowed it would not back Palestinian statehood plans in the UN this September and would actually torpedo them.

Germany has also strongly defended the brutal Israeli wars in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008/9.

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