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Expert: Hamas May Copy Drug Cartels, Use Submarines to Smuggle Weapons to Gaza

September 4, 2014 2:51 pm 15 comments
Narco sub at sea Photo: T-T Guardian

Narco sub at sea. Photo: T-T Guardian.

After the Israeli Air Force depleted upwards of three-quarters of its rocket and mortar stockpile during Operation Protective Edge, Hamas may try to exploit mini-submarines like those used by drug cartels in South America in order to replenish its arsenal, Israel’s NRG News said this week.

“Are we likely to see the terrorist organizations in the region using submarines to smuggle arms, money or people? According to the recent discovery of a submarine smuggling cocaine in Guyana last month, it seems that this is a possible scenario,” tech correspondent Ami Rojkes-Dombe said Tuesday.

“The fact that they were building a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) in Guyana means there are other manufacturing points in the Caribbean and now we have fleets of SPSSes,” according to Daurius Figueira, a sociology lecturer at the University of the West Indies, and the author of Cocaine Trafficking in The Caribbean & West Africa in the Era of The Mexican Cartels.

Speaking to the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, Figueira said, “This indicates that the Caribbean island chain is now in the big time for cocaine smuggling and T&T has an important role to play—smuggling fuel to these vessels because Guyana has no fuel source. All the fuel in Guyana has to come from either Venezuela or Trinidad.”

While the fiberglass-hulled, diesel-powered subs are light and relatively low-signature to radar and sonar, the vessel discovered can move only about three tons of cocaine and was not made for deepwater operations or long cruise routes.

The 19.5 meter-long by 3.7 meters wide by 2 meters high vessel can only partially submerge, but that may be enough for fast, brief runs into Gaza from Lebanon, Egypt and elsewhere along the north African coast.

While the Israeli navy’s littoral force is modern and effective, the eastern Mediterranean is not an easy arena to prevent smuggling, particularly if the smuggling vessel is a small submarine leaving almost no identifying signature underwater.

The next question Rojkes-Dombe asks is: what connects South and Central American drug cartels and terrorist organizations in the Middle East?

He answers with one word: Iran. Over the last decade, Tehran has helped turn the area into a playground of terrorist activity, including Hezbollah and others. Links between Islamic terrorist groups and South American drug cartels should not come as a surprise to those who work in the defense of Israel, the author wrote.

There is no doubt, he says, that the thesis which holds that terrorist organizations will try to use these submarines to smuggle weapons into Gaza from Lebanon – a distance of 300-400 km, from Syria to Gaza – a distance of 400-500 km or even from Turkey to Gaza – a distance of 500 – 600 km – is not fiction. According to the FBI, this submarine has a range of 4600 km (2500 nm).

Is the Israeli navy ready? Rojkes-Dombe asks.


  • One of the major tools that allowed the U.S. to win the cold war was its “ASW – anti-submarine warfare” capabilities that could find and track soviet submarines with impunity. We could find and follow all of them as we saw fit. This was very successfully employed during Viet Nam to keep the USSR at bay. The Soviet nuclear submarines were extremely fast and sophisticated. I assume this “ASW” technology can be quickly transferred to Israel if it has not been already. This should allow Israel’s military submarines and aircraft to find, track, and when necessary force to surface, capture, or sink any SPSS or submarine in the area as necessary.


  • For such tasks there are always ships equipped with sonar and depth bombs.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Israel’s number of rockets should not be too much concern here, because a reasonable burst from a Minigun (with a fire rate of 2,000 to 6,000 rounds per minute) would demolish one of these submarines in a few seconds.

  • Depth charges should work well against this sickening possiblity.

  • Technology can be developed to counter the semi-submersibles

    It would be much quicker and far more effective to retake Gaza.

  • The immediate thought came to mind when I read this article – the followers of the false moon-god ‘Allah’ and his satanic lying prophet ‘Mohammed’ ARE NOT stupid –

    – The leader of IS (formerly ISIS / ISIL) has an earned PhD – AND how much cooperation is there amongst the many terror groups? AND then add in drug cartels?

    – They seem to have no lack of funds – being supported by several nations, and the ‘acquisition’ of large amounts of money from banks in Iraq

    – Indonesian Airlines flight 370 is STILL missing

    – There are 11 airliners missing from Tripoli, Libya International Airport

    – They have hacked a US Military Headquarters website – and let everyone know that it is deliberate – have ‘Anonymous’ and IS ‘teamed up’?

    – Many of the Leaders and followers of Mohammedenism have performed mass acts so evil and vile that it would have been unthinkable only a few months ago – seeking to strike terror into the hearts and minds of anyone that dares to stand against their satanic beliefs.

    – And then add the possibility of ‘mini-subs’ to this satanic ‘witches brew’.

    May the LORD G-D provide ISRAEL, your leaders and the IDF with His Might and Strength, Wisdom, Discernment, Guidance, and Protection!

    As it is written in Psalm 121 (KJV)
    1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
    2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
    3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
    4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
    5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
    6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
    7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
    8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


    – YET there are only a few – a remnant – of real CHRISTians that have “an heart to perceive”, “ears to hear”, and “eyes to see” – that are aware of the incredible danger of ‘spiritual deception’ that ISRAEL and the rest of the world is in
    – TODAY – RIGHT NOW !!!

    CHRISTians – We need to put on – and keep on the “whole armor of God”
    (Eph 6:10-20 | 2 Cor 10:3-5 | James 4:6-11 – KJV)
    and pray often, with great sincerity, effectually and fervently, and in real humility for the protection, spiritual discernment, wisdom, and guidance of “the Lord God Almighty” – AND

    – for the few truly ‘God called’ Biblically sound Pastors and Teachers – the ‘true Shepherds’ that “the Lord God Almighty” has left to us worldwide – in these increasingly perilous end times of greater and greater ‘spiritual deception':
    (Amos 8:11-14 – KJV)

    – for all CHRISTians – in the MID-EAST, and wherever else we live
    (the ‘Big Satan’ of the Mohammadens)

    – for all of the JEWISH people and the land of ISRAEL
    (the ‘Little Satan’ of the Mohammadens)

    – AND for all “kings” – each and every one of the ‘heads of state’ – and for those in authority.
    (2 Tim 2:1-6 – KJV)

    – AND for MANY-MANY LOST people everywhere to accept the “free gift” of Biblical Salvation by true belief in
    “Jesus the Christ”!!! – remembering that:
    “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
    (2 Pet 3:9 | also 1 Tim 2:4 – KJV)

  • Solution is very simple. Mine the waters off of Gaza with controllable mines that can be deactivated so that Israeli gun ships can enter waters to stop illegal shipments to Hamas. Sink every damn one of those subs and if they are imported from South America, downgrade relations with those particular nations by cutting off aid. Take action less whining about it. Terrorism has to be handled quickly, efficiently and send a loud message to offending parties that it will not be tolerated or excused anymore.

    • @Kerry
      your solution is perfect. Sea mines are excellent working devices. From time to time emerges in the North Sea or the Atlantic Ocean a sea mine from WWII. These nasty things are still working and ready to explode; even after nearly 70 years of freedom.

    • There’s nothing to downgrade. Five South American countries have cut diplomatic relations with Israel, Got That?

  • New satellite and drone radar technology. Israel always staying steps ahead of its enemy.

  • They will be destroyed! Iran is a Hamas co-conspirator in crimes against non-Muslims humanity!

  • first, what’s the point of publishing this? at best, the terrorists already know this, and at worst, you are giving them ideas. the idf will deal with the threat, as necessary.

    second, neither hamas nor iran need to set out from a land base. iranian ships can, and have, sailed from iran, through the suez canal, and up to syria. transferring cargo at sea, a few miles off the gaza beach, is much easier to do.

    as for a 2,500 mile range, that sounds like a typo, or a very bad idea. such a submersible is unlikely to make more than 10 knots, which translates to at least 250 hours (11 days) in a cramped space, without the amenities of a real naval sub. just the smells would be enough to make the crew wish it was a one-way voyage.

    lastly, the iranians have already built “midget subs” (though not for cargo). apart from being small, cramped, and having limited range, their design still needs a bit of refining, because one of them sank in the first exercise they took part in.

  • IT’s frightening to think about the future. Where is Obama. Doesn’t USA suppose to help Israel?

  • THis article considers the use of these mini subs in the Gaza- Israeli context, but there is a much larger scenario.

    In the last war the Germans used minisubs to enter a harbour for sabotage. They were controlled by putting nets across the harbour entrance. For details ask the British.

    No Mediterranean country will be safe if Gaza gets these minisubs. Not safe from Islamist invasions, not safe from drug traffiking, not safe from traffiking people to Europe, not safe from people kidnaping for ransom or other reason, not safe from sabotaging ships, not safe from piracy. The safety of Mediterranean countries would be greatly threatened.

    Egypt would be put in a dire situation as it would loose control over invasions by the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Of course Iran would use the subs to flood the Mediterranean with weapons and this would reach the North African Coast.

    Turkey would find collaborators to restart fomenting trouble in Cyprus. They already had tried to ignite trouble some 5 years ago over gas resources near Cyprus. Cyprus is an independent sovereign state even though there are greeks and turks but Turkey does not recognise this. Subs will give Turkey stealt to invade Cyprus.

    It is not impact on Israel and Egypt that has to be taken into consideration, but impact on the region.

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