How an Israeli Missile Boat Ran Aground the Hostile Saudi Shore

Egypt's transfer of two islands to Saudi Arabia brings up memories of the 1981 drama that unfolded when an Israeli vessel tried to traverse a narrow Red Sea passage on its way to Eilat, and the complicated operation to extricate it.

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Nowadays, with everything tweeted and documented, it may be hard to understand how such an incident remained a secret: An Israeli missile boat was grounded on a beach in enemy territory, and the subseuqent...