Israel was keeping an eye Tuesday on two Iranian Navy warships that crossed the Suez Canal for the first time in over 30 years.
This is a belligerent move that Israel claims is an attempt by the Islamic Republic to project its power throughout the Middle East.
The two ships – the Khark which has 250 crew members and can carry three helicopters and the Alvand which is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles – entered the Suez Canal early Tuesday morning and arrived in the Mediterranean Sea by the evening.
Israeli defense officials said that the ships did not pose a threat to the Israeli Navy which would be watching them from a distance and would not engage them. The Iranian ships will pass Israel at a distance as they make their way towards Syria where they are expected to dock for several months.
“This is a major provocation,” a senior defense official said. “We will keep an eye on the ships.”
The ships sailed through the canal en route to Syria in what Israeli officials say is a provocation by the Iranian regime. It’s the first time Iranian military vessels have sailed into the Mediterranean since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The ships reportedly paid about $300,000 in fees for the passage
Vice prime minister, Silvan Shalom, told reporters the move is part of an Iranian struggle “against the West for hegemony and control in the Middle East.” He said Iran’s goal is to show the Arab world “who the new leader is in the Middle East.”
Egypt apparently apparently had no choice but to grant the ships passage because an international convention regulating shipping says the canal must be open “to every vessel of commerce or of war.” Egypt also cannot search naval ships passing through the waterway.
Source: Jerusalem Post
It is very devious and underhanded of Iran to know that Egypt had to grant their ships passage because of an international convention regulation. Couple that with the fact Egypt cannot search Iran’s “naval” ships, and you have a recipe for disaster in the making.
It begs the question what detrimental items are in that ship, and how can Syria and Iran use it to attack Israel. Surely, Iran’s “we only have building supplies on our ship” excuse has been used one too many times.
I also don’t see it as a coincidence that an earthquake shook up the Suez Canal Monday morning. Our Messiah is in control of it all. You can be sure that Israel is watching this closely, and more importantly Jesus Christ, Our King.
1 A prophecy against Damascus:
“See, Damascus will no longer be a city
but will become a heap of ruins.
2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted
and left to flocks, which will lie down,
with no one to make them afraid.
3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,
and royal power from Damascus;
the remnant of Aram will be
like the glory of the Israelites,”
declares the LORD Almighty.
Written by: Gloria