Iran’s Warships in the Suez Canal: Will U.S. Defend Israel?
by Jane Jamison | February 16, 2011 7:03 pm
While the pliant liberal and American news media coo over the so-called “freedom” demonstrations in Egypt, there are riots and protests breaking out all over North Africa and beyond — Jordan, Yemen, Algeria, Bahrain, Tunisia.: It is obvious to many (except the mainstream media) that the Muslim Brotherhood is attempting to institute a theocratic radical Islamic stronghold. This week, while the world looks “the other way,” Iran is making big moves on its own schedule with no opposition. This is “planned” chaos. By fomenting trouble spots in many locations, the Muslim Brotherhood tightens the noose around Israel, which is the first prize along the way to …..domination. It’s underway now and who is stopping it?
Middle East website Debka.com reported yesterday that oil pipeline service has been disrupted through the Suez Canal region and no one was reporting it. Update: Oil prices spike on the news of the Iranian warship movements.
Iranian: attack ships: this week are suddenly being allowed to dock in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and move through the Suez Canal. This has NEVER been allowed before. Why have the Saudis “softened” to Iran? Why is the Egyptian military allowing such a provocative move to be made so close to the Sinai?
Meanwhile, as UNCOVERAGE.net has reported, the United States has had aircraft carrier groups in the Mediterranean for the past many months.
Israel considers the Iranian ship movements “a provocation” and is planning accordingly. Will Israel stand alone? What is the Obama administration response or is “no” response a tacit nod of the head to proceed? Israel is now surrounded. Lebanon has fallen to Hezbollah and is bristling with armaments on Israel’s north border, itching for battle. Update: Egypt pretends not to know the Iranian warships are moving in the Canal. Israel asks if U.S. will help.
The SudMed pipeline which carries Saudi and Persian Gulf oil to the Egyptian Mediterranean is at a standstill. The military rulers in Cairo and the SudMed owners, Arab Petroleum Pipelines, say it is working normally. But debkafile‘s sources have confirmed that the pipeline, which carries 3.1 million barrels of oil per day from the Red Sea northwest along 322 kilometers west of the Delta up to Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, was idle Monday and Tuesday morning, Feb. 14 and 15, due to a general strike by its Egyptian workers as part of their anti-regime protest.
Nonetheless, APP issued a statement that “Operations at the pipeline terminals at Ain Sukhna on the Red Sea and Sidi Kerir in the Mediterranean were running normally, with tankers being accommodated without delays.”
This week, US oil sources played down the impact of the SuMed stoppage on world energy and tanker freight prices. A spokesman of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) informed Congress Monday: “The increase in tanker requirements traffic would be modest in the context of current global oil shipment flows.”
In Beirut, Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah said he was looking forward to Israel going to war on Lebanon because then his men would capture Galilee.
Israel was closely monitoring the Iranian flotilla, whose visit to the Saudi Red Sea port of Jeddah on Feb. 6 was first revealed exclusively by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 481 on February 10.
Up until now, Saudi Arabia, in close conjunction with Egypt and its President Hosni Mubarak, led the Sunni Arab thrust to contain Iranian expansion — especially in the Persian Gulf. However, the opening of a Saudi port to war ships of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the first time in the history of their relations points to a fundamental shift in Middle East trends in consequence of the Egyptian uprising. It was also the first time Cairo has permitted Iranian warships to transit Suez from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, although Israeli traffic in the opposite direction had been allowed.
Iran made no secret of its plants to expand its naval and military presence beyond the Persian Gulf and Red Sea to the Mediterranean via Suez: On February 2, Iran’s Deputy Navy Commander Rear Admiral Gholam-Reza Khadem Biqam announced the flotilla’s mission was to “enter the waters of the Red Sea and then be dispatched to the Mediterranean Sea.”
However, Israeli military intelligence which failed to foresee the Egyptian upheaval and its policy-makers ignored the Iranian admiral’s announcement and its strategic import, just as they failed to heed the significance of the Iranian flotilla’s docking in Jeddah.
debkafile’s military sources report that Iran is rapidly seizing the fall of the Mubarak regime in Cairo and the Saudi King Abdullah’s falling-out with President Barack Obama (see debkafile of Feb. 10, 2011) as an opportunity not to be missed for establishing a foothold along the Suez Canal and access to the Mediterranean for six gains:
1.To cut off, even partially, the US military and naval Persian Gulf forces from their main route for supplies and reinforcements;
2. To establish an Iranian military-naval grip on the Suez Canal, through which 40 percent of the world’s maritime freights pass every day:
3. To bring an Iranian military presence close enough to menace the Egyptian heartland of Cairo and the Nile Delta and squeeze it into joining the radical Iranian-Syrian-Iraqi-Turkish alliance;
4. To thread a contiguous Iranian military-naval line from the Persian Gulf to the Red Sea through the Suez Canal and the Gaza Strip and up to the ports of Lebanon, where Hizballah has already seized power and toppled the pro-West government.
5. To eventually sever the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, annex it to the Gaza Strip and establish a large Hamas-ruled Palestinian state athwart the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea.
By comparison, a Fatah-led Palestinian state on the West Bank within the American orbit be politically and strategically inferior.
6. To tighten the naval and military siege on Israel.
Israel National News: The Muslim Brotherhood is fanning the flames behind the scenes, and using the “guise” of a student-led democratic revolution just as was done in 1979 in Iran. This is a move by radical Islam to establish a “caliphate” in North Africa and the Middle East :
Update: Pamela Geller: Creating utter chaos in the region and world-wide is in the PLAN.
Update: Barry Secrest, Conservative ReFocus: The Ties that Blind: Big Media and Big Government Float Denial in Egypt
Cross-posted on UNCOVERAGE.net
- Debka.com reported yesterday: http://www.debka.com/article/20670/
- Update: Oil prices spike on the news of the Iranian warship movements.: http://money.cnn.com/2011/02/16/markets/oil_iran_warships/
- UNCOVERAGE.net has reported, : http://www.uncoverage.net/2010/06/war-drills-underway-in-persian-gulf-uss-harry-truman-fa-18ef-super-hornets/
- aircraft carrier groups: http://www.uncoverage.net/2010/08/iran-amps-up-u-s-s-harry-truman-closes-in/
- “a provocation”: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/142364
- Lebanon has fallen to Hezbollah : http://www.debka.com/article/20586/
- Update: Egypt pretends not to know the Iranian warships are moving in the Canal. Israel asks if U.S. will help: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/02/16/israel-warns-act-iranian-warships-passing-suez-canal/
- Debka.com (Tuesday): http://www.debka.com/article/20670/
- [Image]: http://www.uncoverage.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Sumed_pipeline.jpg
- Debka.com (Today): http://www.debka.com/article/20675/
- Israel National News: The Muslim Brotherhood is fanning the flames behind the scenes, and using the “guise” of a student-led democratic revolution just as was done in 1979 in Iran. This is a move by radical Islam to establish a “caliphate” in North Africa and the Middle East :: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/142319
- Creating utter chaos in the region and world-wide is in the PLAN.: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/
- The Ties that Blind: Big Media and Big Government Float Denial in Egypt:
- Cross-posted on UNCOVERAGE.net: http://www.uncoverage.net/?p=46802
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