Provoking Israel? Egypt to let Iran's Ships Pass Suez

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The revolt in Egypt has not only sparked protests across the Middle East, it has also inspired new threats from Israel's enemies.

Egyptian state media reported Friday that the request from the Iranian government to allow two ships to transit the Suez canal has been approved.

The passage would be the first time and Iranian naval vessal passed through the canal in 32 yeras.

Why is Iran seeking passage now, after so many years? CBN News Mideast Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell offered more insight on this and more, on CBN News, Feb. 18. Click here to watch.

The state run news agency MENA reported that Iranian diplomats have given assurances that the two ships will not be transporting weapons or nuclear or chemical material.

Iranian officials said the request was in line with international regulations.  They say the two vessels, identified as Alvand, a frigate, and Kharq, a supply ship, are headed to Syria for training.

Israeli officials said that such a move by Iran would be a "provocation" and that the Islamic republic was seeking to take advantage of the current Mideast upheaval. 

"Iran is taking advantage of the protests in the Arab world not to bring about democracy and freedom of speech, but to impose radical Islamic regimes," Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.

"Iran has succeeded in building a forward base on Israel's northern border through Hezbollah and a forward base on Israel's southern border though Hamas," he continued. "We want to prevent the establishment of a third Iranian base in Judea and Samaria." 

Meanwhile, in Lebanon, the leader of the terrorist group Hezbollah put his troops on alert, saying the time will come when they will invade Israel.  

"I tell the fighters of the resistance that one day they might be asked to liberate the Galilee," Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said. 

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