Tag Archive for Gulf of Eilat

Mammoth US helicopter carrier docks at Eilat port

As part of the US’s re-deployment of its military in the region, the USS Bonhomme Richard docks for the first time at the Israeli port, with its flight-deck loaded with Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey and AV-8B Harriers “to work together with our partners.”

By Itay Blumenthal


An American aircraft carrier docked at the Eilat port on Thursday morning after two months of sailing at sea.

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) – Photo- U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist seaman Vance Hand

The arrival of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in the area is part of the US’s re-deployment of its military in the region. Continue Reading »

13-foot whale shark spotted off Israel’s southern coastal city of Eilat


A 4-meter whale shark, an endangered species, was photographed swimming with 5 dolphins in the Dolphin Reef off the coast of Eilat.

By Ronit Zilberstein


A 4-meter (13-foot) whale shark was seen in the Dolphin Reef off the coast of Eilat on Thursday. The spotted whale shark entered the reef through open nets and was seen swimming with five dolphins, who appeared to enjoy its company.

The whale shark, the largest known fish species, is an endangered species. They are filter-feeders that consume only plankton and small fish, and are not considered dangerous to humans.

Whale sharks have previously been spotted in the Gulf of Eilat, usually between the months of April and July due to warming seawater. Continue Reading »

Israel uninformed as to connotation of sovereignty transfer of Tiran Island


The implications as to Israeli shipping is still unclear in Jerusalem after Egypt relinquished control of 2 strategic islands in the Straits of Tiran to Saudi Arabia.

By Eitan Goldstein


According to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm Al-Sabaa, the Egyptian cabinet announced an agreement with Saudi Arabia on Saturday, delineating the maritime boundaries between the two countries.

Egyptian President and Saudi King meet in Cairo – Photo: Reuters

The Saudi boundary now includes the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, which rest at the mouth of the Gulf of Eilat.

The agreement comes as Saudi King Salman visits Cairo, where he and his counterpart Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi announced another agreement to build a bridge between Sharm El-Sheikh and Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading »