Germany to prevent arms smuggling to Hizballah

Sunday, November 05, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz met with German Defense Minister Franz-Joseph Jung who came on a flash visit to Israel and Lebanon this weekend as a result of the incident which took place last month between two Israeli jets and the German navy who is patrolling off the coast of Lebanon.

Peretz said that Israel and Germany are completely coordinated in regard to the tasks the Germans are performing off the Lebanese coast, and incidents like the one last month will not happen again. Jung emphasized that the German forces patrolling the waters will do everything to prevent arms smuggling by sea to Hizballah. Jung was also briefed on the Israel Defense Forces’ operation in Gaza and was told by Peretz that the operation was meant to prevent Kassam rocket attacks against Israel. “I do not believe that you would have allowed rockets to be fired at any German city,” Peretz told the German minister.

Peretz also referred to the tests conducted by Iran in their Shihab-3 ballistic missile and said it is a provocation against the free world. “Israel cannot remain oblivious to this combination of ideology and nuclear capabilities. A country which allows the ideology calling for the destruction of Israel, and at the same time develops nuclear weapons causes a situation we cannot ignore. The international community and Germany which is a leading factor in the issue, needs to relay this message and take the proper steps,” Peretz said.

Jung said in response that his country will do everything in its power to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

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