Rivlin in Ger­many: Iran 'Sub­vert­ing' Shia Youth in Syria

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: TPS

Pres­i­dent Reu­ven (Ruby) Rivlin con­cluded a state visit to Ger­many last Thurs­day, thank­ing Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel for her coun­try's com­mit­ment to Is­rael's se­cu­rity but also call­ing on Ger­many to take con­crete steps to counter the grow­ing Ira­nian threat in the Mid­dle East.

The Pres­i­dent noted that Iran was lead­ing the “sub­ver­sion” of Shi'ite youth in Syria and across the Mid­dle East, threat­en­ing not only Is­rael, but the sta­bil­ity of the en­tire re­gion.

Iran could “sink the whole re­gion into war,” Rivlin said.

Hours af­ter Is­raeli Air Force jets re­port­edly at­tack a chem­i­cal weapons fac­tory in Syria, Rivlin also spoke about Hezbol­lah's ac­tiv­i­ties in south Le­banon, backed by Iran, which, he said, en­dan­gered the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion and vi­o­lated UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions. He also said Is­rael could be forced to re­spond to the ter­ror-group's in­fra­struc­ture buildup.

Rivlin and Merkel also dis­cussed the on­go­ing civil war in Syria, in­clud­ing Is­rael's ef­forts to treat Syr­ian fight­ers and civil­ians wounded in the fight­ing, in­clud­ing global Is­lamic ter­ror­ism and the global threat of ISIS.

“The goal that has been set by the world to over­come it is im­por­tant and cor­rect,” Rivlin said. “Is­rael will help in any ef­forts to re­al­ize this goal.”

Rivlin also said that Is­rael and Ger­many share a wealth of com­mon goals and co­op­er­ate “in ev­ery field ac­cord­ing to the com-

mon needs of both coun­tries.

He also touched on the on­go­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in Is­rael over mem­bers of the prime min­is­ter's in­ner cir­cle who have been men­tioned in con­nec­tion with the Case 30000 scan­dal in which sources close to the prime min­is­ter may have mis­used their ties to Ne­tanyahu on be­half of Ger­man ship­builder Thyssenkrupp to sell five dol­phin-class sub­marines to the Is­raeli Navy.

De­spite the al­le­ga­tions, how­ever, Rivlin asked his hosts not to can­cel the sale of the sub­ma­rine, which he said would make a crit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tion to the se­cu­rity of the State of Is­rael.

Pres­i­dent Reu­ven (Ruby) Rivlin con­cluded a state visit to Ger­many last Thurs­day, thank­ing Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel for her coun­try’s com­mit­ment to Is­rael’s se­cu­rity but also call­ing on Ger­many to take con­crete steps to counter the grow­ing Ira­nian threat in the Mid­dle East.

Ger­man ship­builder Thyssenkrupp sold five dol­phin-class sub­marines to the Is­raeli Navy.

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