Israel Silent as Iranian Ships Transit Suez Canal
JERUSALEM — Reports that two Iranian Navy ships were passing through the Suez Canal early Tuesday, heading for the Mediterranean, were initially greeted with a tense silence in Israel where officials have described the move as a provocation.
The ships were expected to transit the canal without incident.
Although there was no immediate official response to the reports, an aide to Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, said by telephone that Israel was obviously not happy at the development. But he reiterated Mr. Barak’s view, expressed in an interview with Fox News last week, that while the move was unwelcome, it should not be blown out of proportion.