Friday, February 18, 2011

Suez Canal: No passage for Iranian warships

A 15 February published picture of the American aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, which traverses the Suez Canal on its way to the Persian Gulf. The Israeli government has warned that two Iranian warships were the first time after 1979 on the way to the Mediterranean. A frigate and a support vessel crossed but so far no information to the Egyptian Suez Canal.

Also on Friday is not Iranian warship was on the waiting list, said a representative of the canal administration. Military vessels need for a permit from the Foreign and Defence Department in Cairo, which was made at short notice. The Iranian news agency Fars had reported in late January, the two ships had to travel a one-year training for naval cadets broken, they lead to the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

It should also be running a Syrian port, it said in Israeli press reports. Syria is Iran's most important ally in the Middle East, and together they support the Lebanese Hizbuallah militia and the Palestinian Hamas organization. The Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman had said on Wednesday Iran plans to send two warships to the Mediterranean, in order to "provoke" Israel.

That shows how strong the self-confidence Tehran had become. Defense Minister Barak had in recent days, reportedly asked U.S. and other countries to exert their influence in Cairo in advance and to prevent the ships from the passage. In Israel, a growing concern to deteriorate after the overthrow Mubarak's relations with Egypt.

In January 2009, Cairo still permit an Israeli submarine passage through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea. Faced with a possible Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear program, which was also seen as a warning to Tehran. In Israel, also a new threat from Hezbollah leader Nasrallah had caused concern.

If "forced" to the Iran-backed militia, a new war will, we will march into northern Israel, Nasrallah said. The Israeli Defense Minister Barak said that Israel must be prepared "for any challenge" in Lebanon, among which was understood in Jerusalem but also a repeated invasion of the neighboring country.

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