PM Netanyahu: Israel and international coalition would not allow Iran to block Red Sea
PM Netanyahu said Wednesday that any attempt by Iran to block the Straits of Bab el-Mandeb at the mouth of the Red Sea would be met by an international coalition that would include Israel.
“Earlier this week, we witnessed a sharp clash with Iran’s satellites who tried to sabotage international shipping in the Straits at the mouth of the Red Sea,” Netanyahu said at a graduation ceremony for naval officers.
A huge tanker with a shipment of oil from Saudi Arabia bound for Egypt was damaged by a missile attack from the Bab el-Mandeb strait on Thursday.
The Houthi terrorists in Yemen, armed and financed by Iran, were responsible for the attack, which took place in the wake of a renewed exchange of threats between the U.S. and Iran.
“If Iran tries to block the Bab-el-Mandeb, I am convinced that it will find itself facing a determined international coalition to prevent this. This coalition would also include the State of Israel and all its arms,” he warned.
“The sea provides us with many opportunities. Above all it increases the small size of the State of Israel and allows us to deploy our vessels above and below the waves across a vast area. This gives the State of Israel considerable power,” he continued.
“The sea increases the small area of the State of Israel and allows us to spread our vessels over water and under water, in vast space, and this gives the State of Israel tremendous power,” he told the graduates.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also spoke at the graduation ceremony, saying, “recently, we have heard of threats to harm Israeli ships in the Red Sea”.
“I would like to emphasize: the IDF is ready to respond simultaneously on two fronts, and also on the Red Sea. Only in that case we would be less selective and the harm to our enemies would be greater. I hope they take that into account.”