Israel Launches Ninth Submarine, Ready To Strike Iran Nuclear Weapons

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel --- April 29, 2013 … Part of the following was communicated by the Israel Government Press Office to the Israel News Agency.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today, welcomed the launch of a new Israeli submarine.

"The submarines are a strong, strategic tool for the IDF. The State of Israel is ready to act anytime, anywhere – on land, sea and air – in order to ensure the security of Israel's citizens," the Israel Prime Minister said.

At an official ceremony today at the Kiel shipyard in Hamburg, Germany the Israel Defense Ministry received a fifth Dolphin class submarine – the "INS Rahav".

Israel Defense Ministry Director-General, Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Udi Shani, GOC Navy, Rear Admiral Ram Rothberg, other senior Israeli officials and their German counterparts inaugurated the new submarine. This ceremony signaled the end of a lengthy process led by the Israel Defense Ministry Procurement Administration and the Israel Navy.

The highpoint of the event in the Kiel shipyard was the ceremonial breaking of the champagne bottle on the submarine by both Israeli and German officials. "INS Rahav" will arrive in Israel during the course of 2013, upon the completion and installation of its relevant systems. It is considered one of the most advanced and sophisticated submarines in the world, and will be among Israel's most expensive pieces of military equipment.

The Rahav submarine is extremely versatile with a wide range of capabilities enabling it to adapt to a multitude of missions. The submarines are the multiplier force of the Israeli Navy, the IDF and the State of Israel.

The submarines, according to German magazine Der Spiegel, are equipped with Israeli-designed Popeye missiles, which can carry a nuclear warhead of up to 200 kilograms.

In May 2011, a special ministerial committee decided to accept the recommendations of Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak , who promoted its purchase.
Last year the German government approved the sale of a another advanced submarine, which is expected to arrive in Israel by 2017.

Netanyahu said today that Iran is steadily edging closer to nuclear weapons capability but has not yet reached the "red line" he drew in a speech to the United Nations last fall.

The Israeli Prime Minister delivered his assessment as Israel took delivery of yet another advanced submarine it has ordered from Germany. The "Dolphin" class vessels are believed to be capable of carrying missiles with nuclear warheads and would play an important role in any future war between Israel and Iran.

In Iran, an influential former president appeared to be trying to lower tensions with Israel, saying that Iran was not at war with the Jewish state, Iran media reported. It was the latest departure by a high-profile politician from the aggressive, anti-Israel line traditionally taken by senior Iranian leaders.

Former Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said at the Jerusalem Conference in New York that the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program was not yet critical and strongly hinted that covert Western operations have hindered the Iranians.

Olmert noted that a decade ago, intelligence experts predicted that Iran would have nuclear weapons by 2009. "Now we are in the middle of 2013, and Iran still don't have it," he said. He also said his government "did no less" than any other Israeli government in dealing with the threat.

"They don't have it not only because of their failures. Perhaps someone helped them to fail," Olmert said at Sunday's Jerusalem Post Conference, hinting he was referring to his government.

Former Israel secret service Mossad director Meir Dagan said yesterday in a joint interview with The Jerusalem Post and The New York Times that the threat from Iran was not an Israeli issue but rather a direct threat to all Western nations.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, has stated numerous times that Iran would wipe Israel off the map. He and other leaders in Iran have also denied the existence of the Holocaust. In the past week Israel shot down a drone as it was approaching Israel from the North. It is believed that the drone was funded by Iran and sent into Israel by Iran backed Hezbollah in Lebanon.



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