Israel receives superior warship amid heightened tensions with Iran

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Dec 2, 2020

Israel obtained a complicated warship Wednesday amid latest escalations with Iran.

The German-made Saar 6 is a corvette, which is a small warship. It docked in Haifa’s port and three ships of the identical mannequin will observe subsequent 12 months. The ship possesses missile-firing capabilities. It additionally has a model of Israel’s Iron Dome know-how and may deter rocket and missile assaults, Reuters reported.

The ships had been ordered in 2015, however the first Saar 6’s arrival comes at a time of higher-than-usual tensions between Israel and Iran. Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated final week. Israel has not taken credit score for the assault, as per its modus operandi, however Iran suspects the slaying was the work of Israel. A Western diplomat informed Al-Monitor the identical.

Iran has vowed revenge for Fakhrizadeh’s loss of life, however has but to retaliate.

Iran helps Israel’s enemies Hamas within the Palestinian territory of Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and backs the federal government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Israel is suspected of often bombing Iranian targets in Syria and finishing up sabotage operations in Iran, together with on its nuclear amenities. Iran can be suspected of conducting cyberattacks on Israel.

The Saar 6 may bolster Israel’s army know-how superiority in a battle. The Israeli information outlet Arutz Sheva dubbed it as Israel’s “most advanced” missile ship. It weighs 2,000 tons and is the size of a 25-story constructing. It can also launch helicopters. The ship is especially suited to guard Israel’s pure gasoline reserves within the jap Mediterranean Sea, in accordance with Arutz Sheva.