Launches Ninth Submarine, Ready To Strike Iran Nuclear Weapons
Israel News Agency
Israel --- April 29, 2013
Part of the following was communicated
by the Israel Government Press Office to the Israel News Agency.
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today, welcomed the launch of a new
"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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canada An Example To Global Democracy In Cutting Diplomatic Ties
Business - seeking more leads in the Jewish world?
journalist, media consultant, social media and SEO pioneer
working with both the Israel Defense Forces and the US Army in
Articles and opinions in the Israel News Agency reflect
the thoughts of individual writers
and do not necessarily reflect those of the views of other staff writers and the publisher of the Israel News Agency.
LondonSEOPr Leyden Communications Group
All Rights Reserved. Non-Profit Site Copyright 1995, 2013