israel - deny first, explain later
Standard Operating Procedure.
Israel said Thursday that no aggression against German forces was intended during a confrontation between Israeli aircraft and a German naval vessel patrolling off Lebanon.This, of course, was after they initially denied it.
The Israeli embassy in Berlin released a statement from the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, saying the defense ministers of the two countries had discussed Tuesday's incident.israeli denials will persist, of course, unless or until incontrovertible evidence emerges that they DID.
The episode occurred when Israeli jets scrambled after a helicopter took off from a German frigate serving with a United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) task force. German Defense Ministry spokesman Thomas Raabe said six Israeli F-16s had flown very low over the German vessel and one of them fired two shots near the ship.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said the helicopter did not coordinate his plan with Israel before taking off. As a result, Israel sent fighter jets into the air, forcing the helicopter to return to the German vessel and land.
The Israeli military, however, denied having fired any shots in the incident, which happened near the border with Lebanon close to the border town of Rosh Ha'Nikra.
Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz telephoned his German counterpart Franz-Josef Jung Wednesday night to explain the incident, officials from both sides said, stressing a desire to maintain good cooperation.I'm sure the German pilot forced to land, under fire by SIX!!! israeli F-16s, begs to differ!
Jung is due to pay a visit to Israel next week, but Tuesday's incident is not expected to cast a cloud over the talks, diplomats said.
UPDATE: Do you see any "heli-pad" [on this ship]?
And the plot thickens . . . nuclear war around the corner? just maybe.
"There have been two incidents, one involving a helicopter and another the Alster" a German electronic surveillance and reconnaissance ship.That explains that.
Raabe said six Israeli F-16 fighter planes had fired shots into the air over the Alster on Tuesday while the ship was in international waters some 50 nautical miles off the Israeli coast.
Now, what explains why israeli warships would fire at an intelligence ship?