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  • Iranian Warships Granted Permission to Pass Through Suez Canal

    Iran is sending two warships through Egypt’s Suez Canal for the first time since Iran’s 1979 revolution. The two ships, a frigate and a military supply ship, are reportedly bound for Syria. The new Egyptian government gave its official permission for the passage despite the fact that Iran and Egypt have had tense relations for many years.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the deployment of the ships through the canal “a provocation that proves that the Iranians’ self-confidence and audacity grows every day.” Israel is understandably concerned that the Iranian vessels could pose a direct threat to Israel and may be transporting military supplies to Hezbollah forces in Lebanon, transshipped through Syria.

    Egypt has sovereignty over the canal and is bound by the Constantinople Convention of 1888, which guaranteed that the canal “shall always be free and open, in time of war as in time of peace, to every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.” Despite this guarantee, Egypt had barred Israeli ships from using the canal until the signing of the 1978 Camp David accords, citing Article 10 of the treaty, which allowed measures for “the defense of Egypt and the maintenance of public order.”

    By allowing the Iranian ships to transit the canal, Cairo is complying with its international legal obligations, although some may argue that it could have used Article 10 to deny the ships passage, given Iran’s past hostility to Egypt and its support for anti-Egyptian terrorist groups. The chief beneficiary of the decision is Iran’s embattled Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regime, which will undoubtedly trumpet the naval deployment as a symbol of Iran’s rising military power and regional influence.

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    10 Responses to Iranian Warships Granted Permission to Pass Through Suez Canal

    1. gig miami Florida us says:

      This is a process. Vessels will be followed by airplanes. Life will be more risky for Israel. GAZA can be sustained like USA sustained west Berlin 1949-1989

      Nukes can be delivered e.g. by rotorcrafts and/or balloons.Also Seaborne.

      No reason to get nervious , however the tension in the theatre grow steadily.

    2. scott says:

      I would watch these ships mostly on the way back through the cannel to Iran. The possibility that the hulls below the water line have been modified to release explosives on time delay

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    7. George Colgrove, VA says:

      Did Obama loose another one? Or did he win another one? Really depends on whose side he is on.

      Since this nation is into apologies, I would like to extend my sincerest apologies to Israel for our inept president and our inept federal government. Their greed and pursuit of personal wealth on the backs of the US taxpayers is far more important to them then keeping the world a safe place. Our federal government is nothing more than a tool for extremist now.

    8. colindale london says:

      The Suez canal is an international waterway that Israel reportedly used to recently send two of its nuclear-armed submarines through with the intention to threaten Iran with a nuclear attack.

      The canal is not an Israeli owned waterway and neither is the Mediterranean where it attacked a Turkish aid vessel bound for Gaza on which it killed with automatic weapons nine unarmed passengers.

      Today's complaint by Israel appears to be the provocation. Israel does not own the high seas – or the Suez canal. That is under the ownership of the land in which it is located, Egypt.

      The real provocation in the Middle East is Israel's secret nuclear weapons stockpile estimated to now be the largest in the world after the US, Russia and China, and which unlike those responsible states, is completely outside the inspection of the IAEA, of which Israel consistently refuses to be signatory.

    9. HOG, Columbus says:

      George Colgrove, VA typed what he typed, and I couldn't have typed it better. –HOG

    10. For the Record says:

      To Colindale London. Ever heard of "fuzzy logic"? Your comment is saturated with bias. It is obvious what IRAN is heading with in its "hold" more warring material for continuation of a hellish life. It's time you can tell between friend and foe – and the stakes at the expense of innocent lives.

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