Israelis concerned that in a future war with Hezbollah, the Lebanese guerilla group will try to impose a sea blockade on Israel by attacking civilian cargo ships.
Israel’s sea lines of communication (SLOC) span the length of the Mediterranean and around the Magreb region of North Africa with some 99 percent of all goods arriving in the country by sea, including ammunition and military hardware.
Navyassessments are that Hezbollah will try to attack cargo ships within a 30-kilometer radius of Israel in an effort to get commercial vessels to refuse to sail there during a war.The officer warned of the economic ramifications for Israel if Hezbollah succeeded in stopping cargo freighters from sailing to the ports of Ashdod and Haifa.
“People have not internalized what it means that 99 percent of what we import as a country comes by sea,” he said. “Ships stopping to sail here would have economic and security ramifications and is therefore the first and primary challenge we will need to confront.”
Hezbollah is believed to have a significant arsenal of Chinese-developed anti-ship missiles like the C-802 which is radar-guided and was used to hit the Hanit in 2006.
Iranissued new threats to wipe Israel "off the face of the earth" Sunday as a new EU sanctions against its oil sector came into full force.Any attack on Iran by Israel would be answered resolutely: "If they take any action, they will hand us an excuse to wipe them off the face of the earth," said Hajizadeh, head of the Guards' airborne division, according to state news agency IRNA.In a lengthy statement published on the Petroleum Ministry website, Ghasemi said that "the government has planned and prepared for all possible options in order to counter sanctions".
He added that though sanctions prevented oil exports to US and EU markets, Iranian crude is still being sold on international markets.
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