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Bennett, Meet With Abbas

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When I was researching the submarine affair (aka Case 3000), I reached a senior German source. There’s a contradiction in your behavior that I don’t understand, I told him. On the one hand, from 2009 to 2010 you made many demands on Israel as a condition for implementing the option of purchasing a sixth submarine (mainly, Germany demanded a renewal of negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and asked then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to transfer to the PA the taxes Israel collects for it).

On the other hand, even when these conditions were not met, you agreed to sell the sub. And a few years later, I added, when the diplomatic situation between Israel and the Palestinians was far worse – you agreed unconditionally to sell submarines Nos. 7, 8 and 9.

Well, replied the German, at a certain point we had a discussion with Chancellor Angela Merkel. She supported all our demands, but asked: And if Israel doesn’t meet your conditions, won’t we still sell it the submarines that it claims are necessary for its national security? We realized that........

© Haaretz

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