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Israel Buys 2 More Nuclear Powered Submarines

From the DNC's Associated Press:

In this image released by the Israeli Defense Force the crew of Israel's Dolphin submarine, stand on deck during a ceremony Sunday, July 25, 1999.

Israel buys 2 nuclear-capable submarines

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press Writer

With the purchase of two more German-made Dolphin submarines capable of carrying nuclear warheads, military experts say Israel is sending a clear message to Iran that it can strike back if attacked by nuclear weapons.

The purchases come at a time when Iran is refusing to bow to growing Western demands to halt its nuclear program, and after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

The new submarines, built at a cost of $1.3 billion with Germany footing one-third of the bill, have diesel-electric propulsion systems that allow them to remain submerged for longer periods of time than the three nuclear arms-capable submarines already in Israel's fleet, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The latest submarines not only would be able to carry out a first strike should Israel choose to do so, but they also would provide Israel with crucial second-strike capabilities, said Paul Beaver, a London-based independent defense analyst.

Israel is already believed to have that ability in the form of the Jericho-1 and Jericho-2 nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, which are buried so far underground they would survive a nuclear strike, he said.

"The Iranians would be very foolish if they attacked Israel," Beaver said.

German officials have said the contract for the new submarines was signed July 6, and the Jerusalem Post reported this week the subs will be operational shortly…

This is undoubtedly a necessary step.

But I'm afraid the threat of "mutually assured destruction" only works as a deterrent when neither of the parties is mad.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 25th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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