´Iran plotted terror attack on Israeli ship in Suez´ (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN 03/25/12)
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Iran plotted to carry out a terror attack on an Israeli ship as it
passed through Egypt’s Suez Canal, a report in the Egyptian Al-Ahram
weekly claimed on Friday.
According to the report, the Egyptian terror operatives received
instructions and funds from Iranian handlers ahead of the planned
Egyptian authorities made no official comment on the report by
The suspects allegedly planned to recruit a third member to their
cell, and were supposed to receive 50 million Egyptian pounds to
carry out the plan.
If confirmed, the plot could strain ties between Iran and Egypt,
which is in the midst of a political transformation.
Islamist parties control the lower parliament in Cairo, and the
Muslim Brotherhood’s party, which is the largest in parliament, said
it may field a candidate for the presidential elections.
Nevertheless, the ruling military council is determined to retain
Some members of the new Egyptian parliament have indicated that they
will seek closer ties to Iran. Under former president Hosni Mubarak’s
regime, Cairo viewed Tehran as a hostile, radical force in the
region, and ties between the two country were frozen for years.
The report on the alleged ship bomb plot comes after a series of
failed attacks on Israeli targets in India, Thailand and Georgia last
month, all of which have been linked to Iran.
On Friday, India’s NDTV news site said New Delhi requested that
Interpol issue Red Corner warrants against four Iranians, one of whom
was arrested by Malaysian police at Kuala Lampa airport.
The New Delhi police chief said earlier this month that a fifth
suspect, an Indian-Muslim journalist with ties to Iran, helped carry
out reconnaissance ahead of the February attack, which seriously
injured Tal Yehoshua Koren, the wife of the Israeli defense attache
Speaking soon after the attacks, senior security analyst Dr. Ely
Karmon said that had the terrorists succeeded, they could have
provoked a strong Israeli response.
“What amazes me about all of these attempts is the fact that one
successful attack, one Israeli embassy blown up, is a casus belli,” a
Latin phrase meaning a justification for war, said Karmon, of the
Interdisciplinary Center’s Institute for Counter-Terrorism. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/25/12)
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