By John Galt
December 18, 2011 – 23:10 ET
As the news cycle accelerates in the Middle East with massive discontent, the story from the Jerusalem Post’s print edition breaks this shocker (click on tittle to read full article):
The shock is not that the upgrades were done; it was this tidbit from the story:
The submarine was taken out of service almost two years ago but the renovation was a carefully guarded secret in the navy so Israel’s enemies would not know that one of its three submarines was out of commission.
Considering that previous public reports indicated that the entire Dolphin class that the Israeli navy uses were already capable of nuclear weapons delivery per numerous reports, the modifications in question and of course, still unknown, must be considered a disturbing development when taken in context with the current situation with Iran, Egypt, and remainder of the Middle East.
The fact that these two sentences appear in the story should strike fear in every military planner’s heart from the Pentagon to Moscow, and Beijing to Tehran:
“Every vessel that comes in to the shipyard for maintenance and upgrades comes out with improved capabilities,” Col. Eli Shouach, commander of the navy’s shipyard, told the Post. “There are a select number of countries around the world which can independently renovate a submarine. Some have tried and failed.”
Israel’s submarines are the military’s most expensive platform and are often referred to as the country’s second-strike doomsday weapon due to their reported ability to fire cruise missiles tipped with nuclear warheads.
This front page news release was not by accident and should be considered a final warning to Israel’s enemies and potential allies of those enemies.