US National Security Adviser John Bolton expressed security concerns to PM Netanyahu about Chinese technology and investments in Israel, particularly with Chinese companies building a new port in Haifa, where the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet would be using as a major berth for 25 years, beginning in 2021.
By Tal Polon
US National Security Adviser John Bolton raised concerns to Prime Minister Netanyahu about the use of Chinese telecommunications equipment in sensitive sectors in Israel, a US official told Reuters on Wednesday.
The senior administration official, who was briefed on talks between Bolton and Netanyahu over the weekend, said that talks addressed US concerns that Chinese involvement in certain sectors in Israel could enable intellectual property theft and intelligence gathering by China. Continue Reading »
Retired American and Israeli defense & intelligence officials have raised security concerns over the upcoming Chinese management of the Port of Haifa beginning in 2021, as it might jeopardize U.S. Naval operations there.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON – The US Navy has acknowledged that its longstanding operations in Haifa may change once a Chinese firm takes over the civilian port in 2021, prompting Israel’s national security cabinet to revisit the arrangement, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Haifa, the nation’s largest port city, regularly hosts joint US-Israeli naval drills and visits from American vessels. But a 2015 agreement between Israel’s Transportation Ministry and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – a company in which the Chinese government has a majority stake – has raised intelligence and security concerns that are only now prompting an interagency review. Continue Reading »
With Israel’s relationship with NATO now defined as a “partnership,” the anchoring of their ships will include meetings between senior NATO officers and their Israeli counterparts as well as a joint NATO-Israel naval exercise.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
The British HMS Duncan and Spanish frigate Victoria, commissioned by NATO forces, docked in Israel’s Haifa port ahead of joint exercises.
Spanish frigate Victoria – NATO File Photo
This is the first time that the Spanish frigate has docked in an Israeli port, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit said Friday.
The anchoring of the ships will include a meeting between senior naval officers and a meeting between senior NATO officers and their Israeli counterparts as well as a joint NATO-Israel naval exercise. Continue Reading »
Just over 470 ft. long and costing 360 million pounds, Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko docks his mega-yacht at Israel’s northern port of call.
By YASSER OKBI/MAARIV HASHAVUA
The largest-sailing yacht in the world docked Friday morning in the Haifa port, where it will be docked for a few days. The yacht docked close to the pear, near the passenger terminal, where buffers were placed between the boat and the dock because it wasn’t built to hold such massive sea vehicles.
LARGEST YACHT IN THE WORLD DOCKS AT HAIFA – Photos courtesy: Facebook/SPEAK PORT HAIFA/Erez Simone/Geodrones
The yacht is more than 470 ft. Continue Reading »
America’s supercarrier USS George H.W. Bush, the world’s largest warship anchors 2.5 miles west of Haifa harbor due to its size.
• GHWB’s crew will have dozens of buses to tour the country and will celebrate their Independence Day in Israel on July 4.
By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
The largest and most sophisticated aircraft carrier in the American Navy, the USS George H.W. Bush, docked in the vicinity of Haifa Port on Saturday morning.
The Nimitz-class carrier comes with a payload of 90 aircraft, including fighter jets, a spy plane, attack and rescue helicopters, and a V-22 Osprey aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Continue Reading »
The USS George H.W. Bush nuclear aircraft carrier will be anchored off Haifa port for the first time in 17 years, as the ship takes part in air operations against ISIS.
– The ship’s personnel will be provided with dozens of buses to tour Haifa and other parts of Israel.
By Ahiya Ravad and TPS
The USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier will dock in Haifa Bay for the first time in 17 years as it heads back to the Syrian coast to take part in the air campaign against ISIS, the United States Navy said.
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USS George H.W.
By Moshe Cohen
Port workers intend to continue with their wildcat strike, as Israel’s main ports in Haifa and Ashdod remained closed on Thursday. The workers said they would remain off the job even if a court ordered them back to work.
Haifa port – Photo: Albatross Aerial Photography
A Labor Court judge held a hearing late Wednesday at the behest of port management, and found that the workers had no basis for a work action, ordering all of them back to work at 4:30 a.m. Continue Reading »
Israel’s largest privately owned port seeks to replace Syrian port, closed due to the civil war, as a Mediterranean port for goods bound for Jordan, Syria & Iraq.
By Linda Gradstein, The Media Line
The captain peered over the side of the Turkish-flagged ship at his cargo of long metal rods that have come from Turkey and are headed to an unspecified Middle East country. The crew piled into a van at the Israel Shipyards, bound for the duty-free shop at the nearby Haifa port. On a recent afternoon, ships from all over the world were docked at this Mediterranean port, carrying goods bound for Jordan, Iraq and Syria. Continue Reading »
Due to Iraqi, Lebanese & Syrian unrest, European exporters rely on Israel for route to Arab customers across the Sheikh Hussein Bridge to Jordan and then to the Arab world.
The hydraulic ramp of a Turkish freighter taps down on the eastern Mediterranean port of Haifa and, under a full moon, 37 trucks roll off onto an otherwise empty pier.
Goods unloading in Port of Haifa – Photo: Reuters
In a convoy that stretches hundreds of meters, the trucks travel east across northern Israel, bringing goods from Europe to customers in Jordan and beyond.
Until three years ago the cargo these trucks carry – fruits, cheese, raw material for the textile industry, spare parts, and second-hand trucks – would have come through Syria. Continue Reading »
TheMarker may have erroneously reported that at least 2 foreign companies dropped out of a tender for port construction, due to anti-Israel boycotts.
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A report in TheMarker on Monday stating that at least two foreign companies dropped out of the Israeli government tender to develop private seaports due to anti-Israel boycotts has been disputed by two of the companies involved.
Ashdod port. – Photo by Ilya Melnikov
Spokesmen for Royal Boskalis Westminster, a Dutch company that did not submit a bid as expected, and the Israel Ports Company, the state-owned company conducting the tender, both denied in separate statements that Bosalis had dropped out of the tender at all.
2 local joint concerns and a Chinese company remain in contention to build the private port facilities in Ashdod & Haifa.
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The deterioration of Israel’s international standing has been evident this week as at least two leading international companies bidding to build private seaports here dropped out of the government’s tender due to concerns over the political repercussions.
The Haifa port. – Photo: Albatross Aerial Photography
Royal Boskalis Westminster, a Dutch operator of ports that had submitted a proposal under the name Holland Terminal in the prequalification stage last December, dropped out shortly thereafter. More recently, Italy’s Condote de Agua withdrew after passing the prequalification process.
Capt. Randell Dykes, the Commander of the USS San Antonio says ship’s visit to Israel is a ‘well-deserved break for the sailors & Marines.’ The Capt. says the port visit is unrelated to Syria, the ship is just refueling.
By Ahiya Raved, Yoav Zitun
Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio arrived in Haifa, Israel for a routine port visit on Wednesday, the US Navy said.
The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio, at sea in July, 2013 – Photo courtesy: Sabrina Fine/U.S. Navy file photo
San Antonio’s commanding officer, Capt. Continue Reading »
Russian Crew & orchestra to honor Israel with a Victory Day concert.
‘Moscow now sees that Israel is the most stable & reliable ally in the region’
By Yossi Aloni
For the first time since the establishment of the State of Israel, a Russian warship docked at the port city of Haifa earlier this month. The “Azov” of Russian’s Black Sea Fleet came to Israel at the request of the Association of Russian War Veterans to help celebrate the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.
Russian warship “Azov” of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, docks in Israel for first time
Jewish veterans of the Red Army who later immigrated to Israel were invited to participate in a ceremony aboard the massive ship. Continue Reading »