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December 1, 2014 4:30 pm

ISIS Planned to Attack Israeli Vessels After Commandeering Egyptian Missile Boat

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Ambassador III class Egyptian missile boat. Photo: Pensacola News Journal.

Ambassador III class Egyptian missile boat. Photo: Pensacola News Journal.

ISIS terrorists were behind an attempted hijacking of an Egyptian missile boat in the Mediterranean last month, and planned to strike Israeli maritime targets, Israel’s Ch. 2 News reported Monday.

The craft was to be used to attack Israeli vessels and offshore gas drilling rigs, located further up the coast, according to the report.

Fears of exactly such an attack have prompted Israel’s Defense Ministry and navy to deploy new seacraft and other resources, including new patrol boats and frigates, drones and anti-missile systems, to protect against such seaborne attacks against drilling platforms in its 36 trillion cu.-ft. Tamar and Leviathan gas fields, worth an estimated $60 billion.

In the first-ever such attack against Egyptian forces, the military ship came under fire by four smaller craft on Nov. 12, while it was in the midst of what the Al Ahram daily called “a combat exercise” in the Mediterranean near the Suez Canal, some 40 nautical miles north of the port of Damietta.

According to the Israeli account, the terrorists even managed to put one of their own on the bridge of the missile boat, after “staging an accident” at sea with the naval craft.

After commandeering the craft as it exited the northern end of the Canal, the Egyptian fleet understood that something was amiss when the missile boat did not respond to requests to identify itself. Apparently, at one point, the hijackers used the radio system, giving away their identity.

Once the Egyptian forces realized that the ship had been hijacked, several other vessels entered the chase after the abducted missile boat. After an exchange of fire between the parties, the ship was hit and “neutralized,” according to the Israeli account.

Eight sailors are still missing at sea, and five naval personnel were hospitalized in the bold raid, in which military forces clashed with and destroyed the four boats used by the assailants and arrested 32 suspects.

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  • Emanuel

    Arrested 32 suspects! THAT is impressive.

  • Eitan

    Israel needs to honour these Egyptian soldiers.

  • Peter Joffe

    It is staggering that ISIS thinks that they can take over the world with the assistance of their Allah. Hitler never learned and ISIS also do not understand that you cannot fight a war on multiple fronts. There are about 8 billion people on the earth – is ISIS going to kill or convert them all? These people are mad but the most disturbing thing about all this is that the Muslim world is complicit by their silence and have been for centuries. We cannot have a situation where the whole world ends up in fighting Muslims as there are so many good ones but why do they stay hidden? The bad guys tarnish all Muslim.

  • steven L

    The 32 should be court marshalled and executed for terrorism against the Egyptian army.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Let’s hope the Egyptians are scheduling 32 hangings.

  • Can anyone imagine just how flourishing and well-off the Palestinians and poor people in other Arab countries could be, if only they used all their know-how and considerable resources in a constructive way? The ‘Arab land,’ as they often call it, comprises 5,368,000 sq. miles (five million, three hundred sixty eight thousand),from Morocco to Pakistan. What is the obsession with the measly 10,000 sq. miles that comprise Israel? It’s like a tea cup in an Ocean. Is it surprising that some people think it is simply that they hate Jews . . and all the tales of ‘occupation’ and ‘refugees’ and what not are to obfuscate that simple fact?

    • Otto Schiff

      A very good analysis.
      The problem is, that many people prefer to make trouble
      rather than behave in rational manner. Unfortunately that
      includes their leadership.

      • What is “rational”? Acknowledge that Israel is the master and that the Arabs are the slaves?

        And why should the Palestinians agree to live anywhere but in Palestine? Would you as a German (and a European) agree to being forcibly relocated to Bulgaria, just because it’s in Europe?

    • If I stole your wallet with $100 in it and then claimed that you have $50 000 in the bank and that it shouldn’t matter that I took such a small part of your property, and that you should use your time more cnstructively than trying to get back what’s yours, how would you feel?