Egypt Approves Passage Of Iranian Warships Through Suez Canal (Update)

Tyler Durden's picture

Crude go whoosh. And just in case it is unclear where this is going, the WSJ reports that according to "diplomats" Iran is redoubling efforts to enrich Uranium by installing faster centrifuges, as it is supposedly seeking to overcome setback to nuclear program believed caused by the Stuxnet virus. Unclear how much information was fabricated in the creation of this latest war provocation (see Iraq WMD).

From Al Arabiya:

Egypt has approved the passage of two Iranian warships through the
Suez Canal, a source said on Friday, a move Israel's right-wing foreign
minister described as "provocative".

"Egypt has agreed to the passage of two Iranian ships through the Suez Canal," the security source told Reuters.

State TV and the official news agency subsequently reported the news,
without citing sources. An army source earlier said the Defense Ministry
was considering a request by the Iranians to allow the naval ships to
cross the strategic waterway.

A Foreign
Ministry spokesman earlier told Reuters the request had been passed to
the Defense Ministry and the Suez Canal Authority.

Egypt's military said the request had stated that the Iranian ships did
not carry military equipment or nuclear or chemical contents. It said
the two ships were currently in the Red Sea, which lies at the canal's
southern end.

"The Ministry of Defense is currently studying the request," it said in a statement read to Reuters by an army source.

The source said the ministry and the armed forces were examining whether
the ship contents matched the description in the written request and
would make the necessary security arrangements for passage should the
ships be allowed through.

To pass through the strategic waterway, naval vessels need the approval of Egypt's foreign and defense ministries.

Iranian state television said on Thursday the two warships would be the
first Iranian military vessels to transit the canal since the country's
1979 revolution.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday that Iran's
plan to send the ships through the canal en route to Syria, an ally of
Tehran, was a "provocation".

Israel's state-funded Channel One television said Lieberman, a
stridently far-right partner in the conservative coalition, had spoken
out of turn and that the Defense Ministry "had preferred to ignore" the
ships' approach.

Iran's move is an unwelcome distraction for Egypt's interim military
government, which has close ties to the United States and has been
ruling since Feb. 11, when President Hosni Mubarak stepped down in the
face of a popular revolt.

The canal is a vital commercial and strategic artery between Europe and
the Gulf region and Asia. It is also a major source of revenues for the
Egyptian government.

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported on Jan. 26 that Iranian
navy cadets were going on a year-long training mission into the Red Sea
and through Suez to the Mediterranean.

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Gully Foyle's picture

Capt. Binghamton: [grumbling] I could just scream.

King_of_simpletons's picture

WSJ is a Rupert Murdock outfit. They are free to fabricate anything to make a quick buck and war, oh my, that's great for profits.

ciao's picture

Antidote.  EIS 2011 report just released says what EIS 2007 report said.  Iran not seeking or developing nuclear weapons.  

Azannoth's picture

If those ships don't make it out of the Canal, talk will be of a new 'Synai Triangle' event

bankonzhongguo's picture

They got fresh "red prince" - "he's practically a Jeffersonian democrat"

Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud already warming up in the bullpen.

They'll shoot good king Abdullah up with the same batch of Haldol they used on Mubarak and let the crazies run wild a little until the US has to come in to restore order.

Now if only the Saudis hired some Chinese merc companies for protection maybe they won't lose their country again.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

I guess we will find out if the Chinese sold the Iranians those cool ship bustng missiles.

DosZap's picture

Well, Israel warned them.

Seal the bitch.

MarketTruth's picture

Screw Israel and their apartheid loving Zionist leaders/controllers. As a Jew (from the top Cohen tribe if you must know), looking at all the facts Israel is now captured worse than the US Government. It is time for a change, as Israel is far from following the Ten Commandments they claim to adhere to. Think of it like the USA Government and how they are not following the Constitution or Bill Of Rights.

And if you want to see extreme racism in action, look at what happens in Israel when a celebrity Israeli Jew tries to marry a non-Jew and how the government of Israel reacts to that.

DosZap's picture

90% of Israelis are secular.

They are agnostics.

chumbawamba's picture

100% of Israelis live on occupied land in an apartheid society.

You are ignorant.

I am Chumbawamba.

BKbroiler's picture

when did brooklyn become occupied territory?

Mad Max's picture

All good land is "occupied" in the sense that the current occupants are never the same (in terms of bloodlines and/or ethnicity) as the original occupants.  The Israelis happen to be among the most recent occupiers of previously occupied land.  Somewhere people decided that all occupations prior to 1900 were OK, and all since were not OK.  The USA?  Occupied.  Mexico?  Occupied.  Australia?  Canada?  Japan (look up "Ainu")?  Occupied!

There are many crimes committed by the Israeli state.  There are many crimes committed by the US state.  In both cases the people able to direct those crimes don't necessarily have meaningful support from the majority of the public.  And, one might say, there is quite a bit of overlap in the people directing crimes committed by those two states.  I am not at all blind to what's going on.  But one needs to separate actions of the controlling elites from the simple presence of the masses, ordinary people, proletariat or whatever you want to call them.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Cohen? You are kidding, right?


MarketTruth's picture

Am of the Kohen tribe, technically.

Did you know that thousands of Hasidic Jews marched in protest in Washington DC when Netanyahu visited months ago? They are not happy Israel's actions. Of course that protesting never made it on MSM television or within newspapers.

Again, it is not Jews but the Zionists that are the real problem imo.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

What Kohen tribe?

A kohen (or cohen, Hebrew: ????, "priest;" pl: kohanim) is a Jewish priest, a direct male descendant of the Biblical Aaron, brother of Moses. Kohanim are distinct from but related to Levites, who also served in a priestly capacity, of as the assistants to the kohanim.

And no, it wouldn't surprise me. 70% of American Jews do seem to be self-destructive.

msamour's picture

A Rabbi friend of mine told me that they were about to vote a law in the Knesset about revoking the right of return for people who recently converted to Judaism. If this is true he stated that they were breaking the covenent, and that historically this was a very bad thing. I am hoping there will not be a war because of the greed of a few in the Israeli government.

chumbawamba's picture

That's nothing.  Did you know about the law barring Jews from marrying non-Jews?

And their Supreme Court upheld the use of human shields.  Amongst other atrocities.

Did you know the Rothschilds funded the creation of Israel?

I am Chumbawamba.

Cathartes Aura's picture

why yes, I did.

+++ reality check.

unky's picture

i think it is more breaking that silver will pass $32,50 any moment

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

And Gold is about to pass $1,390.

Houston, we have liftoff of the Silver and Gold Shuttle.

yellowbr's picture

Oh, I think I see a 32.65 here.

unky's picture

when is this gonna end today? i was supposed to receive some money today and wanted to buy silver with it, but didnt receive it yet.

i am really pissed off

PenchantForHoarding's picture

SLW just crossed $39, up 6% today.  Cha-ching!

EscapeKey's picture

And you think those two stories are unrelated?

unky's picture

sure not, it doesnt hit gold that hard at all (of goes a little uptrend there too)

by the way, why would Iran provoke a war? Iran sees the mess going on in the U.S. and they know that only a war could save the U.S. economy from not imploding.

EscapeKey's picture

Well, my cynic nature tells me the Iranian ships are going through because of silver going up, not the other way around.

Racer's picture

Better buy shares in anything because of course margins are going to be squeezed by higher oil prices

colonial's picture

what's the problem?  stocks go higher no matter what...

karzai_luver's picture

All should have the right to the passage.


As it should be.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

news in the last few days is getting scary

social breakdown seems alot closer..

I am going to put on CNBC they will talk me down.

Oh regional Indian's picture

That was funny, CNBC talking you down.


Mad Max's picture

Buy the fucking crater!  (The dip is sooooo 2010!)

palmereldritch's picture

It's on like Donkey Khan

falak pema's picture

maybe those missiles have silver tips! that would explain it.

alien-IQ's picture

This is gonna be one NUTTY weekend!

wherewasi's picture


How many ships in the Iranian Navy anyway?  3...?  What the hell is anyone worried about?

palmereldritch's picture

How about two cops in a rowboat?

alien-IQ's picture

What everybody is (or at least should be) worried about is the Israeli response (or overreaction) to this event. It's the chain of events that could be triggered that should be substantial cause for concern.

Hammurabi's picture

2 ships from the 1940s, with no air defense, one of theme is a supply ship, the other one have couple of guns.

Internet Tough Guy's picture

What do you suppose is in the supply ship? And where is it going?

Hammurabi's picture

old Rusian missiles from the 1940 they call Katushia or Grad,

RichardP's picture

What do you suppose is in the supply ship?

Supplies for Gaza.  These ships are going to break the Gaza blockade and dare Israel to stop them.

chumbawamba's picture

They have a gift for Bibi.

Hahaha, fuck you.

I am Chumbawamba.

Internet Tough Guy's picture

Still paying cash up front for internet access at the internet cafe, flim flam?