A senior officer in the Navy provided details on the six "Sa'ar 6-class" corvettes, designed to protect Israel's gas rigs and ensure freedom of navigation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, Director of the Political-Military Affairs Bureau in the Israeli Ministry of Defense has praised the strategic ties emerging between Israel and its Sunni Arab neighboring states, which are considered moderate.
Navy Brig. Gen. Yossi Ashkenazi, Head of Material Command said that the gas fields and gas rigs are potential targets for terror attacks. The threats include anti-ship cruise missiles, surface-to-surface missiles, cyber-attacks and more. With these threats, the navy regards the whole region as prone for attacks. The response for these threats is comprised of intelligence gathering and the protection of rigs and ships.
Six additional "Sa'ar 6-class" corvettes are currently being built in Germany, each of which acts as a radar station and provides missile defense– including from underwater attacks by divers. One of the tools for underwater detection is a quick-response active sonar designed to search for divers.
CEO of Delek Drilling, Yossi Abu, said the partners of the Leviathan gas field have invested more than a billion dollars in development. According to him, agreements were already signed for the supply of gas from the Leviathan gas field to the Israeli industry. There are talks about supplying gas to Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. Moreover, talks are being held with Turkey, which is in need for large quantities of gas. In phase I of the development, the Leviathan gas field has a production capacity of 21 BCM, as all treatment will be conducted on the rig, without the need for a land-based facility. "In 2019, we will deliver gas from the Leviathan field to Israel," said Abu. According to him, the Turkish option is very realistic. There are constant discussions with Turkish government officials.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, said that the neighboring Sunni countries view Israel as a defense entity, one that is worthy of maintaining good relations with. However, he believes Iran is still the biggest enemy of Israel, as well as of Saudi Arabia. "This vicious and violent regime received worldwide legitimacy to produce nuclear weapons."