Days of Palestine, Reports –Senior German official Ralf Stegner said on Sunday that he wants to limit arms exports to the Middle East, including Israeli occupation.
Stegner is the deputy chairman of Germany’s second-largest party. He said: “Germany must not deliver weapons to conflict areas and to dictators.”
“What about Saudi Arabia? What about Qatar?,” he said that such questions are always raised. He said: “I am also asking: What about ‘Israel’?”
This German official is part of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), which is part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.
He admitted that his country has a great responsibility for Israeli security, but said: “I do not have the impression that weapons in the Middle East contribute to solving the problem.”
For these remarks, Stegner came under heavy criticism from fellow German officials. Defence Spokesman for the CSU Party Florian Hahn said: “‘Israel’ is a beacon of democracy in the Middle East and a friendly state. Due to our history, Israel enjoys special care.”
He recognised that his country has double standards in evaluating the need for arms. Hahn, whose party is close to Merkel’s Christian Democrats, said: “Israeli request for arms are being evaluated differently than those from other states in the region.
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