The German Bundestag in Berlin 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)
BERLIN – A military option should remain on the table to force Iran to abandon
its pursuit of nuclear weapons, the Christian Democratic Union’s foreign policy
spokesman in the Bundestag told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
West has for years allowed the wool to be pulled over its eyes, Iran cannot take
us seriously,” Philipp Missfelder, one of Germany’s strongest advocates for the
security of the Jewish state and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party,
told the Post. “The military option arises from the rising crisis situation. If
Iran does not give in, a military attack will be more likely.”
not take away any option from the table, including the military option,”
Missfelder, 32, told Berlin daily BZ
over the weekend.
He now shares the
positions of British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Dutch Foreign Minister
Uri Rosenthal, both of whom advocate maintaining the military option as a fall
back if Iran does not suspend its nuclear enrichment program.
Westerwelle, the German foreign minister, rejects military engagement in Iran, a
country with which Germany has longstanding financial and political
Trade between the countries totals roughly 4 billion euros a year.
Westerwelle represents the pro-business Free Democrats and many of the party
supporters have business activities in Iran.
“The oil embargo must be
implemented in a forceful manner. We must also consider how we can further
isolate Iran in the world of finance,” Missfelder told the Post.