Skip to comments.Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea
Posted on 06/19/2010 6:44:15 AM PDT by jhpigott
Egypt opposition angered at government for allowing the fleet of more than 12 ships to cross Egyptian manned waterway, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports.
By Jack Khoury
More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday.
According to the report, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships' passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier.
The Suez Canal is a strategic Egyptian waterway which connects between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.
According to eyewitnesses, the U.S. battleships were the largest to have crossed the Canal in many years, Al-Quds reported.
Egyptian opposition members have criticized the government for cooperating with the U.S. and Israeli forces and allowing the ships' passage through Egyptian territorial waters.
They said they viewed the event as Egyptian participation in an international scandal, and added that the opposition would not sit with its arms crossed while the country allowed a fleet of U.S. and Israeli military ships to cross.
(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...
Better to board them search them and in the middle of the Indian Ocean than allow them into the Mediterranean. At least, that’s my guess.
You don’t know about the Iranian Guard flotilla to Gaza?
Sounds like Netanyahu has put the smack down on Hussein Obama. Either you get in the fight or get out of the way. Israel will act and act decisively should the USA balk or fail to act.
I sincerely hope they can find the money to move the Texas to a dry berth; she is the only World War I-era dreadnought still in existence and worthy of preservation. USS Texas is literally the last link to the “dawn” of the battleship era.
Things may have changed since the article was originally published, but Haaretz appears to have used a stock photo and identified it with the phrase "A U.S. warship."
A warship can cover a wide variety of ships. Whatever kinds of ships crossed through the canal, you can bet that they caused Hamas to collectively soil their robes.
Maybe it'd sound more believable if they were rounding the Cape Horn? Not.
Same here with this flotilla. IF the U.S. / Israeli flotilla moving through the Suez has anything to do with the Iranian flotilla, then there's no way the Iranian flotilla can be doing anything but being headed towards, or having the mission of supply to, Gaza.
The scenario just plain didn't make any sense whatsoever, in that I read 'approaching' and I thought these guys are 10 miles off shore. Well, that'd put 'em in the Mediteranean somewhere, right? So what point would there be for the U.S. / Israeli flotilla moving from the Med. through the Suez into the Red Sea? Its just plain bad tactics to interdict forces by moving away from them.
Maybe I'm just splitin' metaphors, or mixing infinitives or sumpin', but destination of, headed towards, Gaza (present location in Gulf of Arden - if that's where they are) makes sense. But 'approaching' Gaza when they're crossing through the Straights of Hormuz (if that's what they're doing), is akin to me 'approaching' the summit of Mt. Everest when I walk to my car.
Maybe English isn't the writer's first language, so such nuance escaped them. Or perhaps its just a typical lib reporter that can typically be outdone by any 5th grader writing for their school newspaper.
No 'smack-down' here; our interests are aligned here (most likely on several levels). Israel has an interest to enforce the blockade of Gaza, the U.S. wants to show muscle against Iran (and that suits Israel too - given Achmedinnerjackets propensity to spew diatribes of wiping Israel off the face of the Earth).
Who knows, perhaps the allied flotilla has nothing to do with anything, and they're merely on a humanitarian supply mission to forces combatting the Somalian jolly rogers. Or they're on an escort mission for the Israeli's delivering a pizza to somebody in Oman and the Iranian flotilla merely gets in their way. Hey it could happen, didn't the Boy King order pizza from out of state and flown in on AF1?
It isn’t that unusual at all, you’re right. But since the original high “woo-woo” report came from Haaretz news it is useful to the Iraelis to keep the Iranians on edge.
Loose lips still sink ships. Shhhhhh.............
Why can't Netanyahu indict and extradite Obama for aiding and abetting the enemy?
More likely the Saudis have been asking him to hit Iran since Iran is at war with them.
The Lib Media don't have a clue...
I heard the battleships were armed with AK-47s!
hedging my bets until Debka weighs in..
Another place that stands out is Gettysburg. Again, with my parents, we visited the museum (the one that rotates around you). First of all, the canons firing and the gun shots, yelling and noise are played at the volume you would have heard during the battle. Then you hear the screams and imagine the death and dying. Then you leave and walk the battleground and just about water it with your tears. Our lives have been so blessed and others have given so much. My heart and my soul are laid bare by those visits taken on lazy, hazy days of summer with the two people I adored most in life. Good parents, good friends, good mentors and no truer examples of what parents should be. I think I’d have happily gone with them to watch paint dry, but they chose things that would build my character, instead.
I’m sure the soldiers appreciated having the Marines on their flank and I’m sure they gave them air support as well. The Marines are bad asses! (I’m a former soldier just for the record.)
I think that Israel has told the US it is an either-or proposition: Either the US acts with convenional military means, which we have more of and more access to, or they will act more decisively, meaning exercising the nuclear option, which they have already positioned in the Persian Gulf...nuclear-tipped missles launched from Israeli submarines in the Gulf.
That would be a smack-down for an inept and inexperienced Obama and real leadership, which we don’t have in the White House, but Israel has in Netanyahu.
You’re right - the Cyclorama at Gettysburg is quite amazing. We’ve been out there several times with our boys, either as a family or with their Scout troop. It is a humbling experience.
U.S. ships may be heading for Yemen before the $#!t totally hits the fan there. I don’t know about the Israelis but there might be some illicit Iranian weapons shipments headed the other way, and they’re out to intercept or deter them.
We got Battleships?!!