31.07.2011 29.Tammus, 5771
Security & Defense: Sailing on stormy seas
A battle is raging within the IDF over the force’s raison d’être and the role it is supposed to play both in times of war and in times of peace.
By far the smallest branch in the IDF, the Israel Navy has made an impressive leap in its capabilities in recent years, turning into a major player in the country’s military operations.
But at the same time, its future hangs in the balance as the IDF General Staff deliberates whether to approve an ambitious plan to purchase two new large vessels that the navy has requested to meet the challenges it faces in the region.
The purchase was supposed to happen several years ago; it was approved by the General Staff under the “Tefen” multi-year plan, which will expire by the end of the year….