Israel Okayed German tank sales to KSA

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  1. Neil

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    Germany approved selling tanks to Saudi Arabia after Israel reportedly permitted Berlin to supply heavy arms to an Arab government for the first time.


    In early 2011, the German government asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's opinion on the matter, German magazine Der Spiegel said in an article.

    "Israel had no objections at that point. Contacts between Jerusalem (al-Quds) and Riyadh had improved in the preceding years, with Saudi Arabia becoming one of Israel's most important allies in combating Iran's nuclear program. The United States government also signaled its approval," the article said.

    According to the German defense policy, no government is allowed to sell military equipment to an Arab state due to Israel's security interests.

    In early July, Der Spiegel revealed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet approved the delivery of more than 200 of Leopard 2A7+ model tanks to Saudi Arabia.

    German opposition parties and even members of Merkel's ruling center-right coalition criticized the deal, particularly in light of the recent developments in the Middle East and North AFrica

    Social Democrat parliamentary deputy leader Gernot Erler said that selling arms to Saudi Arabia while the country has sent military forces and armored vehicles to Bahrain to help crack down on protesters is "a slap in the face for freedom movements in the whole region."

    In March, Saudi Arabia deployed troops and police forces in Bahrain to help crush nationwide protests in the Persian Gulf sheikdom.

    The article adds that the decision "broke a German taboo, and broke with the decisions of previous governments in Berlin not to supply heavy military equipment to Saudi Arabia as a matter of principle. It also marked a paradigm shift in German foreign policy."

    The deal not only shows that German foreign policy interests are above human rights in Saudi Arabia, where men can drive tanks and women are not even allowed to drive cars, but also that when Germany's geopolitical and economic interests are involved it is acceptable to deliver weapons to any Arab country .


    PressTV - Israel Okayed German tank sales to KSA
     
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  3. Phenom

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    The realignment has been going on for sometimes in the Middle East. Israel and Saudi Arabia are likely to come to some sort of understanding against Iran and may be even the more assertive Turkey. As long as there is no Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia, this quasi-alliance could work out very well.
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Its funny, These rich spoiled boys have every toy from around the world..

    Just check the inventory..
     
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    Those toys are diplomatic assurances...
     
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    israel never fail to amuse me.
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    They got Oil, Diplomacy is auto-loaded..
     
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    Whys is this an issue when previously the Eurofighter Typhoon was sold to KSA ?

    Eurofighter GmbH is holding company for the Eurofighter aircraft in which Germany (EADS Deutschland GmbH) has a stake of 33 %.
     
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    If there is one, it would bring an uncontrollable war. The Saudi secret police must always be busy these days.
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Saudi secret Police is now days busy keeping out black magic and evil spell by Lebanese maids on Saudi males..
     
  11. Neil

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    whats the use kunal sir...they buy it and then keep them in storage...dont even know when was the last time saudi went to war with any country...
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    They just wanna have..

    Personal Collection..

    They are also talking abt buying a Missile Cruiser from US..
     
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    I don't see how Israel may block weapons sale by Germany to middle eastern countries!!!
    Germany is more powerful than Israel in every aspect, even US needs Germany more than what they need Israel.
     
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    KSA is moving away from Yanky suppliers to Euros. Too bad Germany needs Israel's permission.
     
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    well its not about whose powerful and whose not...they already have a holocaust in their name...another annihilation of jews with their weapons will cause lot of rage so...guess its just a precaution!!
     
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    They have more than 900 MBT's now add 200 more to them...........what are these guys preparing for? Just spending royally i guess. Does anyone knows how much aid money does this country gives to their poorer Islamic brothers.
     
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    logistics being murdered there T-90,Leopard hopeless arabs
     
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    I bet iran would roll the arabs in a one on one war without interference from others.
     
  19. Tronic

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    Thats what you get when you fund and brainwash an entire population. Uncontrollable war will only be due to the Saudi dictators brainwashing their people with Salafi, Wahabbi radicalism.

    For the sake of the world, lets overthrow these Salafis and install a Socialist party in their place.

    Oh wait, SU no longer exists.
     
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    Some are even meaningless, i mean useless. That said, unless of course they are buying it for helping Ummah, did i mention pakistan?
     
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    As i said Toys for rich boys..
     

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