Israel’s Defense Minister warns Iran of Israel’s wrath should Red Sea be blocked

Israel’s DM Liberman warns Iran of repercussions if it blockades Bab al-Mandab Strait: ‘I want to emphasize, in such a case we will be less selective, and the damage to our enemies will be far more acute.’

By Gary Willig


Prime Minister Binyaamin Netanyahu warned Iran not to attempt to block a key naval passage connecting Israel to the Red Sea.

PM Netanyahu addresses 2018 Naval Officers’ Graduation ceremony. – Photo: Haim Zach/Israel’s GPO

“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,” Netanyahu said at the navy officers’ course graduation ceremony in Haifa Wednesday.

“If Iran tries to block the Bab al-Mandab Strait, I am convinced it will find itself facing an international coalition determined to prevent this. This coalition will also include the State of Israel.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also addressed Iranian threats to Israel’s maritime shipping at the ceremony.

“We recently heard threats to attack Israeli ships on the Red Sea, and I look at the people around me, who are here, and it’s a pity that our enemies can not see you and understand that we are well prepared to respond to any threat,” he said.

Draped between top Naval officers, (from L to R) DM Avigdor Liberman, President Reuven Rivlin, PM Binyamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot at naval graduation ceremony – Photo: Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry

“I want to emphasize: The IDF is prepared and ready to respond on two fronts simultaneously, and also at the Red Sea. Only in such a case we will be less selective and the damage to our enemies will be more difficult. I hope they will take this into account,” Liberman added.


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