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Israel plans more gunboats for protecting offshore gas rigs

China.org.cn -- The Israeli Navy will take delivery of four new gunboats in the coming years that will be tasked with protecting the country's gas and oil rigs in the Mediterranean Sea, Yediot Aharonot reported Monday.

The rigs, located some 130 kilometers beyond Israel's territorial waters but within the country's "economic waters zone, " are a prime target for ground and ship-based rockets, or other militant attacks.

Five contiguous offshore fields cover 500,000 acres, and are adjacent to the larger Leviathan, Tamar and Yam Tethys drilling platforms, discovered several years ago off the Haifa coast.

The security establishment and Finance Ministry in recent days agreed that the private operators of the rigs will underwrite most of the estimated 400 million U.S. dollars price tag of the four vessels,..


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52MPG
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 11:18:42 PM

At least they can keep pirates on there toes.
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nsdp
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 12:15:57 PM

Today's technology makes those gunboats about as useful as buggy whips. The target can't move and missiles like the Norwegian Penguin and French Exocet can blow these platforms apart from 50 miles and all you need is a king Air to launch one these days. Knockoff versions are available in various arms bazaars around the world for less than $500,000. For $5 million you can blow both the platforms and the gunboats out of the water. Less if you are willing to buy Russian missiles. Remember HMS Sheffield.
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:05:47 AM

Good, they must protect thier assets, first and foremost.
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Radar1992
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 5:32:38 AM

Sounds like a necessary step to protect their interests from Syria and Egypt...
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 12:47:37 AM

good
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 11:59:00 PM

Are these going to be platforms for Aegis rockets, Tomahawk cruise missiles and the old tried but true Harpoon series?
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 11:23:47 PM

Obama is the worst friend Israel ever had.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 11:14:50 PM

Whatever it takes!
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 11:10:56 PM

Interesting. I don't envy the dangers the Israelis face, and I admire their courage.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 11:03:14 PM

No pirate activity here. Big surprise?
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 11:03:05 PM

Must protect what is yours
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 11:02:53 PM

More and More Weapons...
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 11:02:42 PM

Do what they need to do to protect themselves.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 11:01:45 PM

Good for Israel.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 11:00:43 PM

Why not?
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:56:04 PM

makes sense
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:54:53 PM

Is this news for China and not for the US?
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:54:29 PM

I love the whining "too many guns in the world"
What do you think keeps us free????
Bowing to foreign leaders??
Blaming our way of life???
Carbon based fuels???
Wake up and smell the coffee
A strong arm is how you keep the peace...
ASK YOUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:52:28 PM

China.org.cn (news) really?!?!?!
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:50:22 PM

Way to go.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:47:55 PM


What a wonderful message on Christmas Day!

Perhaps the Israeli plan may have also protected the Gulf of Mexico from BP, Halliburton, and TransOcean! Time to prosecute several of the highest executives from each of these three Grinch corporations.

Wishing a Merry Cristmas and very Happy New Years to all the Gas Buddies here. Peace be with you!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:46:24 PM

same answer
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:45:59 PM

too many guns in the world
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:44:35 PM

Great, gasoline prices will be going up very soon.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:43:49 PM

They should because Obama won't help them.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:42:21 PM

Bomb bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb IRAN, (back to the stone ages)
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:42:07 PM

fine by me
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:41:54 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:41:24 PM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:39:45 PM

shoot them if they come close
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:37:19 PM

WOW it just never ends
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:36:05 PM

Another reason to support Israel.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:32:44 PM

Good news.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:31:43 PM

Israel has spoken. Would be aggressors take notice. Mossad and the Israeli military don't play.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:24:15 PM

Good
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:22:51 PM

They need to protect themselves because no one else will.....
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:21:07 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:20:41 PM

Too bad this is necessary
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:16:02 PM

That's just great ... more guns
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Don't mess with Israel.
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Guns seem the way that is used these days for good or bad.
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guess unions will cost the US more jobs. Can be built cheaper somewhere else.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:10:04 PM

Guns are a good way to protect.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:08:57 PM

Israel doesn't mess around....
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Sounds familiar. Guns seem to be the answer to everything these days.
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Someone once said that God led the Israelites to the only land in the MidEast without oil under it...
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Good for them. They are Not going be push around!
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How do you discover a drilling platform? Bad grammar...
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 10:02:35 PM

Good pro-active move.
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Good for them?!?
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