Israel Bemoans Germany's Deal with Iran

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A 100 million euro deal between Germany and Iran for liquefied natural gas flies in the face of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's remarks to Israel's Knesset in March.

During her historic speech, Merkel told Israeli ministers that Germany would push for further economic sanctions on Iran.

"This historic responsibility is part of my country's fundamental policy," Merkel said. "It means that for me, as a German chancellor, Israel's security is non-negotiable," she said.

But after a yearlong investigation, a German engineering firm decided that building equipment for export to Iran to convert natural gas to liquid was not in violation of economic sanctions.

"Because the equipment would be built here and then sent to Iran, that work does not fall under any existing sanctions involving Iran," a government spokesman said.

A former German parliamentarian disagreed.

"This business deal is not compatible with the words of the chancellor in the Knesset and the gas contract should be rescinded," Dr. Johannes Gerester told The Jerusalem Post.

Gerster, who heads the German-Israeli Friendship Society, served in the German parliament as a member of the Christian Democratic Union.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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