Archive for the ‘“Undersea Diplomacy”’ Category

Could Israel use submarines against Iran?

April 17, 2008

By Dan Williams

HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) – Anticipating a showdown with Iran, Israel 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 through Egypt and 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 in this July ...
An Israeli naval submarine docks at Haifa port.(Havakuk Levison/Reuters)
Such is the plot of an Israeli thriller, “Undersea Diplomacy.” Does it hold water? Perhaps not. Then again, the author, Shlomo Erell, is no mere novelist. He’s an ex-admiral with experience in Israel’s most sensitive military planning.

“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 Berlin‘s bid to shore up a Jewish state founded in the wake of the Nazi Holocaust.

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