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Written by: Dr. Ernie Moore
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Israel announced recently that it is buying three new submarines from Germany. The buy has been in the pipeline for quite a while, but when Moshe Ya’alon was Defense Minister and opposed it, things got turned around.

Apparently Boogie didn’t want the boats and Bibi did. That resulted in a shouting match in the Prime Minister’s office. Boogie won that round.

And before you get too excited about the shouting, remember that this is Israel. Such exchanges are not really uncommon, even at the highest levels. (pun intended)

But, then it might be good to remember that Boogie Ya’alon is very strong willed and not one to keep quiet about something that he thinks is important. He’s crossed the boss on a number of issues. And Bibi isn’t one to let that go.

So now Ya’alon has resigned (over a different matter) – read that fired, in essence – and Bibi is still in office. So the subs are back on the table.

Israel currently has five subs, and most believe they are nuclear capable. They can hide off the coast of certain nations and if necessary nuke them back to the stone age. That’s tough talk, but it is just how things are.

The new submarines aren’t scheduled to come on line for around ten years, and will replace some of the older equipment now in service.

NERVOUS

Nations like Iran would never admit it, but they know that if they fire nuclear rockets at Israel, there would be time for Israel to make a retaliatory strike. That has the imam’s nervous, in spite of all the bravado-talk about ending the world to introduce the 12th imam. You will notice that there are plenty of bodyguards around the bigwigs and that none of them are volunteering for an early introduction to Paradise. No, that’s for the expendables, and not them.

As the Times of Israel reported, “

Israeli decision to purchase three new submarines from Germany, officially announced late last month, was previously derailed by then-defense minister Moshe Ya’alon, according to a Channel 10 news report.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in an October 31 cabinet meeting that Israel was in the process of negotiating the purchase of three new submarines for the Israeli Navy, which currently maintains a fleet of five underwater vessels.

At this stage, the new submarines are not meant to expand the navy’s fleet and would not actually reach Israel for at least another decade. Rather, they would replace the military’s older submarines, which would be approaching obsolescence around the same time.

But the deal almost didn’t happen, and were it not for Ya’alon’s eventual ouster in May to make way for Avigdor Liberman, it might not have at all.

Neither Ya’alon nor the IDF were in favor of purchasing the new submarines — a somewhat change of pace in the normal narrative of the defense establishment fighting to get new “toys” — as the decision did not fit with multi-year plan for the army and Defense Ministry, Channel 10 said Monday.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an IDF base on March 10, 2015. (Ohad Zwigenberg)

According to Channel 10, Netanyahu started dealings with the German government without informing Ya’alon, who only learned of the plan after news of it leaked out.

Apparently furious, the then-defense minister verbally sparred with Netanyahu in the prime minister’s office, with the two reportedly shouting at one another over the issue.

Following additional arguments over the subs, Ya’alon indeed succeeded in torpedoing the plan, the news outlet said.

While the IDF reportedly continued to oppose the decision, once Ya’alon stepped down as defense minister, Netanyahu renewed the negotiations with the Germans for the new submarines.

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