These submarines were brought by Israel or gifted free from Germany from 1999 into 2009. After the scud missile incidents where 57 were fired at Israel, by CIA Saddam from Iraq, in 1991.....the ever paranoid Israelis thought they needed another dimension to their defense, before they could be pushed into the Mediterranean sea by the Arabs.
To put Israeli paranoia into context, they have been busy sponsoring extremists in Myanmar to ignite a religious war against the Muslim Rohingya.....through certain Buddhist monks and extremists in the military----not a difficult thing to do in the most corrupt nation on earth. But you ask yourself what has Myanmar got to do with Israel's security interests? REAL threats instead of the existential ones.
What possible threats can the fisherman-SUBSISTENCE FARMER, 4th world, illiterate Rohingya be to Israel, that they require expulsion from their historical homeland?
Since the 1990's Israel has been busy promoting the BJP/RSS a fringe right-wing party in India that only had 2 seats in the Indian Parliament. The party was initially banned from contesting elections after its members assassinated Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.
After the Israeli trained and armed Tamil Tigers (of Elam) killed Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, the last important political figure from the Nehru Dynasty, the field was open for the Israeli backed RSS/BJP politically ...... who then carried out their first big one pony trick political stunt....the destruction of the Ayodhya Mosque in 1992.
Lets be serious. You don't solve the problems and challenges of a country through the prism of religious symbolism. BUT I guess if are an Israeli you do.
The RSS/BJP is a one trick pony which promotes communalism, false flag terrorism (especially during elections) and flag waving.....under the direction of ISRAELI SECURITY PERSONNEL POSTED IN THE COUNTRY. SO much for Indian sovereignty.
Why does Israel spend billions promoting an extremist party in India???
The owner of the Japanese tanker that was attacked on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, the Kokuka Outrageous, contradicted the US military’s claims about the attack. Central Command reported that the two tankers were hit with limpet mines, a type of mine that is attached to the hull of a ship below the waterline using magnets. But Yutaka Katada, the owner of the Kokuka Outrageous, said he received reports a projectile hit the ship.
"We received reports that something flew towards the ship," Katada said at a press conference, "The place where the projectile landed was significantly higher than the water level, so we are absolutely sure that this wasn’t a torpedo. I do not think there was a time bomb or an object attached to the side of the ship."
US Central Command released a grainy black and white video of a boat alongside a ship, claiming it was an Iranian patrol boat removing a limpet mine from the Kokuka Outrageous, the claim being they were getting rid of the evidence. The video does not conclusively prove anything, as it is hard to tell what the boat is doing. Iranian state media said Iran rescued the crew of both tankers, so the video could have just been a recording of the rescue efforts.
In an interview with Fox and Friends Friday morning, President Trump blamed Iran for the attacks on the tankers. Trump cited the video as proof, "Well Iran did do it, and you know they did it because you saw the boat. I guess one of the mines didn’t explode and it’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it."
Trump, who has been known to sometimes contradict his more hawkish cabinet members, fell in line with his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who on Thursday, accused Iran of attacking the tankers with no evidence to back up his claim.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt made a statement on Friday, "We are going to make our own independent assessment, we have our processes to do that, (but) we have no reason not to believe the American assessment and our instinct is to believe it because they are our closest ally."
No US officials have responded to the Japanese ship owner’s claims.
Dave DeCamp is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn NY, focusing on US Foreign policy and wars. He is on Twitter at @decampdave.