June 19, 2010 – More than a dozen U.S. warships and Israel, including an aircraft carrier, passed through the Suez Canal on Friday and head towards the Red Sea. “According to eyewitnesses, U.S. battleships were larger than crossed the Channel for many years,” reported the London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi on Saturday.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported the Egyptian opposition members criticized the government for cooperation with the U.S. and Israeli forces and allow the passage of ships through Egyptian territorial waters. The Red Sea is the most direct route to the Persian Gulf from the Mediterranean.
The Egyptian General Amin Radi, chairman of the Committee on National Security Affairs, told the newspaper that “the decision to declare war on Iran is not easy, and Israel, due to their wild nature, you can start a war just to keep being the only nuclear power in the region, “according to Yedioth Internet, an Israeli news site.
The passage of a warship of the fleet by the Suez Canal heading toward the Persian Gulf and Iran is important enough to be reported by the corporate media in the United States.
Egypt recently rejected an Israeli request to prevent Gaza aid ships from passing through the Suez Canal. According to a report from al-Jazeera, Israel appealed to the Egyptians and asked them to prevent Iranian ships step by the Suez Canal. The Egyptians responded that due to international agreements on the movement through the Suez Canal, Egypt can not prevent ships from passing through the channel unless a ship belonging to a state that is at war with Egypt. Iran and Egypt are not at war.
The United States and Israel, the only power with nuclear weapons in the Middle East, have not ruled out a military strike to destroy Iran’s nuclear program.
Israel’s threats to use nuclear weapons have increased significantly since the discovery in 2002 that Iran was building uranium enrichment facilities. former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon “appealed to the international community to target Iran as soon as the imminent conflict with Iraq is over”, the Sunday Times reported on November 5, 2002. The United States invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003.
Earlier this month, Israel was leaked to the press that Saudi Arabia had permission to use its airspace to attack Iran. “In the week that the Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defense sources in Riyadh said the Gulf has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of airspace in the north of the country to shorten distance for a bombing run on Iran, “the Sunday Times reported on 12 June. On 14 June, the Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf issued a categorical denial of the report.
On 17 June, Iran’s parliament warned it will respond in kind to the inspection of their vessels under a fourth round of sanctions against the country by the Security Council of the United Nations. “Even if a ship is detained by Iranian security check, we will act the same way and inspect any background (Western) of the ship passing through the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz,” a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Hossein Ebrahimi said.
Also Saturday, Iran accused the U.S. of “deception” and insisted on its missile program in self-defense after a senior U.S. official said Iran had the capability to attack Europe. “Islamic Republic’s missile capability has been designed and implemented to defend against any military aggression and does not threaten any country,” Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, said in a statement carried by state media.
Vahidi announced April 10 that Iran will use all options available to defend themselves if the country is under military attack. “The Americans have said they will use all options against Iran, we announced that we will use all options to defend ourselves,” said the Tehran Times Vahidi.