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Ram Rothberg
רם רוטברג
Commander of the Israeli Navy
In office
10 October 2011 – 27 September 2016
Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu
ChiefGadi Eizenkot
Preceded byEliezer Marom
Succeeded byEli Sharvit
Personal details
Born (1964-02-05) February 5, 1964 (age 58)
Kfar Hess, Israel
Military service
Allegiance Israel
Branch/serviceNaval Ensign of Israel.svg Israeli Navy
RankIDF Navy aluf.png Vice Admiral[1]
UnitFlotilla 13
Commander Duvdevan undercover unit
CommandsCommander of the Israeli Navy
Naval Intelligence
Haifa Naval Base
Commander of Flotilla 13

Aluf Ram Rothberg (Hebrew: רם רוטברג; born February 5, 1964) is an admiral in the Israel Defense Forces who was the head of the Israel Navy.[2]

Service history[edit]

Rothberg commanded the Flotilla 13 special forces unit from 2001 to 2004[3] and presided over some of its most notable operations, such as the raid on the Karin A arms smuggling ship in January 2002.[4]

He later served as the Chief of Naval Intelligence during the Second Lebanon War and was reprimanded by then-Chief of Staff Dan Halutz for the 14 July 2006 attack on the Israeli corvette INS Hanit. An Iranian-supplied C-802 anti-ship missile fired by Hezbollah hit the warship, whose crew was apparently unaware that the Lebanese group possessed such weapons. The strike left four sailors dead and the ship temporarily disabled. Rothberg was criticized over his contribution to the failure, but later was promoted to the position of commander of the Navy's Haifa base.[4]

Afterwards, Rothberg served in the Israeli National Security Council.[5]

Commander of the Israeli Navy[edit]

On 4 August 2011, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved his appointment as the next head of the Israel Navy,[3][4][5][6] after being nominated by IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. He is to be promoted in rank to Major General (Aluf). He replaced Vice-Admiral Eliezer Marom, who retired after serving in the IDF for 37 years.[6] He was not the front runner for the post and the appointment was received with surprise by military officials.[4] On 10 October 2011, in a ceremony held at the Haifa naval base, Rothberg entered his role as commander of the Israel Navy.[2]

In 2012, Rothberg was investigated for an April Fool's Day joke. Shortly before April Fool's Day, Rothberg ordered senior commanders to prepare for a complex, 10-day exercise in Italy with the US and Italian navies. Intending to keep the joke among senior officers, he ordered the news be kept at the senior command level, but the information leaked to lower officers, who worked throughout the night to prepare. Three missile ships and their crews were readied at Haifa naval base and officers worked to chart a course to Italy. Sailors' parents also rushed to the base to give them supplies and money. By the time Rothberg admitted that it was a joke, the three warships were ready to set sail, and crews were standing at attention on deck.[7][8]

Rothberg personally led operation Full Disclosure of March 2014 from INS Hanit.[9]

On 27 September 2016, Rothberg ended his role as a commander of the Israel Navy.


  1. ^ "החלפת פיקוד חיל הים" [Exchange of Navy Command] (Press release) (in Hebrew). Israeli Navy. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Maj. Gen. Marom: Israel Navy capable of operating in distant theaters" (Press release). IDF Spokesperson. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b "הרמטכ"ל מינה ארבעה אלופים חדשים למטה הכללי" [Chief of Staff appointed four new Maj. Gen. to the General Staff] (Press release) (in Hebrew). IDF Spokesperson. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d Greenberg, Hanan (4 August 2011). "Reprimanded officer appointed Navy chief". Ynetnews. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  5. ^ a b Katz, Yaakov (4 August 2011). "Barak appoints Ram Rothberg as next head of Israel Navy". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  6. ^ a b "New appointments to General Staff Forum approved" (Press release). IDF Spokesperson. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  7. ^ Zitun, Yoav (April 2012). "Naval commander's April Fools' stunt leaves him with egg on face". Ynetnews.
  8. ^ "Army pours cold water on Navy chief's April Fool's Day prank". The Times of Israel.
  9. ^ Yehoshua, Yossi (March 6, 2014). בראש הכוח עמדה אח"י חנית שנפגעה בלבנון. Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved September 27, 2014.