By Dan Williams
HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) – Anticipating a showdown with, decides secretly to deploy a submarine off its arch-foe’s coast.
But how? The quickest route from Israel’s Mediterranean coast is via the Suez Canal, which runs throughand which the classified vessels shun. So the submarine is hidden in the belly of a commercial tanker, which delivers it to the Gulf.
An Israeli naval submarine docks at Haifa port.(Havakuk Levison/Reuters)
“It’s pure fiction, but it’s informed fiction,” he said simply, when asked if his book reflects how the Israeli fleet of Dolphin-class submarines could be used against Iran, whose leadership has called for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” stoking international concern over Tehran’s nuclear programme.
Israel has three Dolphins, with two more on order from Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, a German shipyard custom-building them at a steep discount as part of‘s bid to shore up a Jewish state founded in the wake of the Nazi Holocaust.