Merkel Defends Arms Sales to Israel as Obligation for Nazi Past

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with soldiers during a visit to the German army at the barracks in Letzlingen, Germany, Tuesday, November 14, 2006.

Photographer: JOCHEN ECKEL

Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Germany’s sale of weapons to Israel, saying her country has a responsibility to help protect the Jewish state given that 6 million Jews died under the Nazi regime in World War II.

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