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February 23, 2011

KUNA report: Iranian vessels which crossed Suez Canal carry "advanced Hezbollah weapons"

Topics: Iran, Political News and commentaries

The Kuwait News Agency reports:

... The two Iranian naval ships which crossed the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Tuesday morning are carrying "advanced Hezbollah weapons," Maariv Israeli paper reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

The sources told the paper, "Estimates indicate the two ships are carrying missiles of different range, rifles, ammunition, and night-vision gear... The voyage of the two ships is an Iranian attempt to go around the arms embargo on Hezbollah." The paper also said that it is believed the voyage is an attempt on the part of the Iranians to "test the waters" with and gauge the responses of the Egyptian Supreme Military Council and its stance towards Tehran.

Israel had yesterday stressed it was keeping close eye on the progress of the vessels, knew their location precisely, and kept close contact with US officials to exchange views and assess the situation.

Israeli Premier Benyamin Netanyahu had earlier on Monday said Iran was trying to take advantage of the region's instability to expand its influence.

The obvious question here is what happened to those US warships that had boxed in the Iranian flotilla, delay its Suez passage?

An even bigger question, why did Obama call the U.S. warships off and sit idly by while the Iranians transport more sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah - which has declared its intent to use them against our our most important friend and ally in the Middle East?

Meanwhile, in what surely isn't an unrelated event, Ynet News is reporting a rocket fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza into Beersheba for the first time in over two years. As Andy McCarthy notes, it was just a few days ago that, in reluctantly vetoing a U.N. resolution attacking Israeli settlements as illegal, President Obama's U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, took pains to say the administration "reject[s] in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity." And that was after the administration's intelligence chief blew kisses to the "largely secular" Muslim Brotherhood.

Posted by Richard at February 23, 2011 4:13 PM

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