Why is there no new Israeli ship in the South Atlantic?
By Alissa Scheller | The Associated PressUpdated Apr 25, 2018 11:53:14Israel has not built a new Israeli vessel in the world’s busiest sea port since 2009, a time when the country’s Navy was beset by a crisis of confidence, a shortage of personnel and a lack of trust in its leaders, diplomats and experts said.
Israel has made no announcement about building a new ship in its South Atlantic port, despite a recent announcement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government that the country will build a new naval vessel in its coastal waters.
A spokesman for Israel’s Maritime Administration said Israel is committed to building a fleet of small vessels, which would be capable of operating in the region.
Israel built two ships in the last decade and hopes to build more, but a decision to start work on the new ship has been delayed until the second half of 2019, when it is expected to be ready to sail, the spokesman said.
“We are still waiting for the ship,” he said.
The first vessel that Israel plans to build is a Type 20 frigate, the Israeli Navy said last month.
That vessel, the Type 20-T, was supposed to enter service in 2019 but it was delayed by several years.
Israel’s navy was also expected to begin building a Type 23 frigate by 2019, but the vessel has not been built and has yet to enter a service contract, a senior naval official told The Associated, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“I am not aware of any ship, not even a Type 21, that is being built at this moment,” the official said.
A Type 22 frigate is under construction but it has yet come into service, according to a military source who asked not to be identified.
Israel is also building the Type 25 submarine, which is expected in 2019, and the Type 26 light attack submarine.
The Type 29 patrol submarine is under contract but has not yet entered a service deal, according a military official.
In a recent interview with The Associated news agency, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Israel’s naval power is not in danger.
He said the navy has its own needs, that it needs to build a vessel with the same capabilities as the ship that it has, the official added.
But critics say Israel’s navy is understaffed, lacking a shipyard capable of building the vessels needed to carry out its strategic missions.
The lack of a navy that is ready to carry its responsibilities makes it difficult for the country to exercise its most vital military tool, Rivlin, a former defense minister, said in the interview.
Israel, whose economy depends on the export of manufactured goods, is in the midst of a severe economic crisis.
It is struggling to pay for imports and imports from abroad.
The country has cut back on imports in recent years to help prop up its faltering economy.
Israelis believe that their government is doing a good job of maintaining its military.
In the last five years, the number of Israeli soldiers has risen to around 9,500 from 3,500, a figure that is expected by 2020, the military said in a recent report.
Israel maintains a naval presence in the Persian Gulf and South Asia, which are crucial to its regional security.
Israel was one of the founding members of the United Nations Security Council, a body that protects human rights, promotes democracy and promotes peace and stability in the Middle East.
Israel was a founding member of the European Union, but its membership is limited.
Israel currently hosts the U.N. headquarters in Tel Aviv and the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.