Olmert favours Germans in Lebanon force
Updated: 2006-08-04 15:45
BERLIN - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would welcome the participation
of German soldiers in a stabilisation force in South Lebanon, he said in an
interview with a German newspaper on Friday. "I have informed (German)
Chancellor Angela Merkel that we have absolutely no problem having German troops
in South Lebanon," Olmert told the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert is seen during an interview with The Associated Press at his
office in Jerusalem Wednesday Aug. 2, 2006. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
ignited a political firestorm by linking the conflict in Lebanon to his
plan to withdraw from much of the West Bank.
"There is no other nation that Israel considers more of a friend that Germany
... I would be very happy if Germany participated," he said.
The German government has not ruled out sending troops to the Middle East but
many citizens are uneasy about sending soldiers to the region some 60 years
after the Holocaust.