Ya'alon says new submarines can 'strike weapons stockpiled to harm us'

January 12, 2016 16:16

Israel will "know how to reach any place in the Middle East, and beyond, and place its hands on terrorist operatives, their commanders, and those who dispatch them, and if we have to, also strike the weapons they seek to stockpile in order to use against us," Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said at the ceremony held to receive the INS Rahav at Haifa Navy base on Tuesday.

The INS Rahav forms a central component in Israel's power, and like the other four Dolphin submarines in the Israeli fleet, will allow the navy to continue to work with other IDF branches and units to "thwart the wicked intentions of our enemies to disrupt our lives," Ya'alon said.

The submarines not know provide maximum defenses for Israeli residents, but also hold "offensive capabilities that enable us to strike in any place we choose, along Israel's coasts and far from them," he added.

The defense minister also thanked Germany for its commitment to Israel's defense.

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