Friday, February 18, 2011

Iranian Warships Through Suez Called "Provocation"

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Iran's attempt to send warships through the canal was a provocation.

Israel's state-funded Channel One television said Lieberman, a stridently far-right partner in the conservative coalition, had spoken out of turn and that Israels defense ministry "had preferred to ignore" the ships' approach.

Israel considers Iran an existential threat because of its disputed nuclear program, ballistic missile development, support for militants in the region and its threats to destroy Israel.

Syria is one of Israel's neighboring adversaries. It has an alliance with Iran which has deepened along with Tehran's isolation from the West over its disputed nuclear programme, which the Jewish state sees as an existential threat. Iran is a sponsor of the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah.

From here. The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Related reading: Iran is Playing a Dangerous Game

1 comment:

George Patsourakos said...

Iran's apparent plan to send warships through the Suez Canal is probably designed to provoke Israel.

Israel should just ignore these Iranian warships, provided they do not commit any violence against Israelis or Israel.