Israel sending Iran a signal?

2009-07-14 22:05

Jerusalem - Israeli and Egyptian officials say two Israeli warships have sailed through the Suez Canal toward the Red Sea in a move seen as a possible signal to Iran that the Persian Gulf nation is within Israel's reach.

Israel says its navy uses the canal regularly. But the recent moves are significant given Israel's refusal to rule out military action if Iran persists with a nuclear programme Israel believes is aimed at building weapons. Iran denies that charge.

Israeli defence officials say two missile boats crossed the canal on Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the move was not officially publicised. A Suez Canal official confirmed the report.

An Israeli submarine had sailed through the canal to the Red Sea earlier this month.