An Israeli Dolphin Class Submarine (Photo: photostudio.org)
This week, the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reports Israel’s change in heart to release the $100 million in frozen tax revenue, was a result of Germany withholding the sale of a nuclear-capable dolphin submarine to Israel. Netanyahu stated the rationale for releasing the funds was a result of the PA halting their statehood efforts at the UN, and the lack of feasible reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. However, the German report calls the release of funds a pre-approved condition to the submarine sale.
The submarine, the sixth sold from Germany to Israel this year, is the second time in recent weeks where Germany has used submarines to curtail Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians. Mondoweiss caught a few weeks ago, Germany using submarine sales to halt settlement construction in Gilo, East Jerusalem. Israel has been purchasing submarines from Germany since 1999.