Last week, we had a prayer alert as Iran sent two ships toward the Suez Canal. Iran intends to send the frigate and supply ship to Syria for training.
The reports ping-ponged from ‘yes, they’re almost there’ to ‘no, they won’t cross.’ There have been conflicting reports from Egypt and Iran and other interested parties. I expected the ships to be in the Mediterranean when I awoke this morning.
A report on DEBKAfile, an independent news site, says that U.S. warships have surrounded the Iranian ships, stationing vessels at both openings of the Suez Canal. According to the report, the United States Navy would inspect the Iranian cargo should it make it to the Mediterranean Sea.
“By positioning the U.S.S. Enterprise opposite Iran’s 12th Flotilla at the Red Sea entrance to the Suez Canal on Feb. 17 Washington has confronted Tehran with a hard dilemma, which was practically spelled out by U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley a day earlier: ‘If the ships move through the canal, we will evaluate what they actually do,’ he said. ‘It’s not really about the ships. It’s about what the ships are carrying, what’s their destination, what’s the cargo on board, where’s it going, to whom and for what benefit.'” — DEBKAfile
The U.S. authority to inspect would stem from “the last round of UN sanctions against Iran in the case of suspicious war freights.”
DEBKA also reports that Egyptian officials allegedly have not inspected the Iranian cargo, which Israel believes are long-range missiles destined for Hezbollah.
I’ve only seen this information on DEBKAfile. I’ll update if I find corroboration.
Still, the point is to heed the prayer alert and intercede on behalf of Israel and the whole region.