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The IDF decided not to place launchers on the gas rigs themselves for safety reasons, fearing that fire would erupt on the platform during the launching of interceptor missiles.
The Israeli Navy in May 2015 ordered four Sa'ar 6-class corvettes, loosely based on the German Braunschweig-class corvette, but with engineering changes that make the baseline platform more robust for military use.
Israeli subs can hit anywhere in Iran should the need arise, including with nuclear warheads.
An all-female IDF Naval unit was used for the first time to seize control of the vessel.
A Gaza equipment merchant was indicted on seven charges of smuggling scuba diving equipment into the region and selling it to Hamas.
Pro-Arab activists are warning that they will charge the IDF with a war crime if it stops the flotilla.
Israel and Germany have signed a 430-million Euro contract to provide four ships to protect Israel's natural gas and oil rigs in the Mediterranean.
Int'l Criminal Court at The Hague won't investigate 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident.
Take 740 gallons paint, let a Yemenite Chabadnik work day and night for three weeks and – presto – see a huge Israel flag display in Eilat that can be seen from Jordan.
This week the 124th class of IDF Naval Officers, including three women, completed their training and were stationed on deck Israeli Navy vessels. While most IDF women serve only two years, these three officers have already served through the 36-month naval officers' course, as graduates will be required to sign up for at least an extra 16 months.
Israel and Germany signed a contract purchasing the Israeli Navy's sixth submarine Wednesday. It is an SSK Dolphin Class submarine. Last year the newspaper The Welt am Sonntag reported that German chancellor Angela Merkel conditioned the sale of the Dolphin on Israeli concessions to the Palestinians, which Netanyahu obliged.