If you want to know the definition of chutzpah: it’s Israel’s hysteria at the prospect that two Iranian ships might be allowed passage through the Suez Canal on their way to Syria:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel could not ignore the planned sailing of two Iranian naval vessels through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean en route for Syria and Defence Minister Ehud Barak labelled the act “hostile”.
“Tonight two Iranian warships are supposed to cross the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Syria,” Lieberman told a conference of American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem.
He said an Iranian naval presence in the area was something that had not occurred for many years and was a “provocation that proves the self-confidence and cheek of the Iranians is growing from day to day.”
“The international community has to understand that Israel cannot ignore these provocations for eternity,” Lieberman said.
Apparently, no one’s told Lieberman or Barak that the Canal actually is an international waterway, and not the sandbox of Israel and its allies. The idea that Israel should dictate or have veto power on which nation may send its shipping through the waterway is alarming to say the least.
The full height of the hypocrisy is that Israel wanted to brag to the world that two of its nuclear attack submarines passed through the Canal in 2009 on their way to patrol sea lanes near Iran, where presumably they would participate in an Israeli attack if such an operation occurred. So while Israel can use the Canal to further its own war plans against Iran, the latter can’t navigate the same passage.
Haaretz has reported that the Iranian vessels have been denied passage through the Canal, which indicates that Egypt is acceding to the wishes of its erstwhile ally, Israel. It also reports that Lieberman has now arrogated to himself a role in devising Israel’s defense policy by turning this purely military matter into an international incident. The chutzpah of the man knows no bounds.
In a related story, Hassan Nasrallah is once again rattling sabers, calling on his army of the faithful to “liberate the Galilee” in light of an Israeli attack on Lebanon. The odd thing about Nasrallah is that he’s Israel’s worst nightmare precisely because he’s as bellicose and unstable as some of Israel’s own generals and politicians. A match made in heaven–or Hell.