The Iranian ships allowed to cross the Suez Canal
By Marc Henry
A U.S. warship takes the Suez Canal in 2006. (Illustration). Photo credits: AFP
This decision of the Egyptian army, announced by the official news agency of the country on Friday, is a first since 1979. Israel is concerned.
Two Iranian warships have received permission from the Egyptian authorities to cross the Suez Canal. This was announced Friday the afternoon the official Egyptian news agency. Mena said the application filed by the Iranian authorities stated that these two vessels were carrying any weapons or nuclear material or chemical.
Wednesday, Israel had threatened to "put Iran in its place" the voice of Avigdor Lieberman, head of diplomacy. These vessels would then go off cross from Syria in the Mediterranean, not far from the Israeli coast "for the first time in several years." In fact, since 1979.
"This is a provocation, the evidence that the Iranians feel sure of themselves to the point they behave with the greatest gall, "said the chief diplomat on a martial tone. He said the international community "must understand that Israel will not tolerate this situation forever and will act with firmness." In other words, Israel has not ruled out using force if Iran carries out its buildings safely in Syria.
Meanwhile, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) had indicated that it "allows vessels of all nationalities to cross the channel as long as their flag belongs to a country not at war against Egypt. "
first step towards Lebanon
This trip could be a first step towards Lebanon, where Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, armed and financed by Iran, which enjoys a dominant position in Beirut, said on Wednesday ready to "invade the Galilee "in case of war with Israel.
Israeli leaders are even less inclined to ignore the Iranian naval maneuvers they worry about the post-Mubarak. The passage of these vessels by the Suez Canal is a sort of test vis-à-vis the Egyptian army, which runs the country. Initially, the Israeli military wanted be reassuring in welcoming the "cooperation" between the two staffs, but some mistrust is palpable. At the time of Hosni Mubarak, the two countries had formed a de facto alliance against Iran. In July 2009 an Israeli submarine crossed the Suez Canal in full sight of the Egyptian authorities to a destination "unknown."
According to foreign military experts, this vehicle class Dauphin, capable of being equipped with nuclear missiles, would have crossed the Gulf, near Iran. At that time, Egypt was alarmed at attempts to destabilize Iran to Shiite communities scattered in the Gulf. Several members of Hezbollah accused of plotting anti-Israeli attacks on Egyptian soil were arrested and sentenced by courts of Cairo.
The stroke of Avigdor Lieberman in these conditions could help to identify if the Egyptian leaders maintain their policy against Iran's nuclear program and its attempts to extend its influence throughout the Middle East.
only certainty in all cases the project to deploy "one year" of warships off the coast of Syria at the request of the government in Damascus had been raised last month publicly by leaders of the Iranian Navy. Israeli officials quoted by Defense Media believe that this project, if confirmed, also illustrates the desire of Iran to pressure the United States and other Western countries for the departure of the naval forces that intersect in the Gulf.
The construction of a French naval base in the UAE and the permanent presence of U.S. Navy in the area have caused "some nervousness" among the Iranian military, these officials say.