Ehud Barak, Guido Westerwelle 390.
(photo credit: Ariel Harmony / Defense Ministry)
Israel will decide its own fate with regards to Iran, Defense Minister
Ehud Barak said Wednesday while meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.
Israel views the Iranian issue in "a way unique to us, and we are attentive to
all our friends, but in the end, the Israeli government will be the one who will
have to take the decisions on Israel's security and future," Barak said.
The international community has been pursuing a diplomatic approach to the Iranian nuclear program. Sanctions, led by the US and EU, have considerably damaged the Iranian economy
. Israeli officials, however, have maintained the right to act independently if it assesses that Iran poses an immediate existential threat.
meeting, Barak also said that there was a "growing recognition in the international
community that the Iranian military nuclear program is consistently approaching
the zone of immunity, and that sanctions need to be stiffened, while talks need
to be speeded up."
Earlier in the day, Barak signed a contract for the purchase of a sixth submarine
for Israel's navy on Wednesday in Berlin. Wolf Rudiger, state secretary of the ministry of defense, signed for Germany.
During the signing ceremony, Barak said that the new submarine would act as a "force multiplier" for the IDF, and assist it in dealing with growing security challenges.