“Israel calls for more attention to intercepted Iranian arms shipment”

“Israel calls for more attention to intercepted Iranian arms shipment”
November 5-7, 2009
     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world leaders to focus on Israel’s interception of a shipment reportedly carrying 36 containers of weapons from Iran headed to Hezbollah (see video here) (United Press International). The unprecedented seizure of 320 tons of arms on the Francop could be a “propaganda coup” for Israel as it faces pressure over the Goldstone report, which was endorsed by the UN General Assembly (Al Jazeera). Israel says that undisclosed cargo certificates had been stamped at an Iranian port of origin, but Syria, Iran and Hezbollah have denied the claims (BBC).
     Amos Harel argues that the “lukewarm” international response to the news of the seizure indicates that Israel’s security concerns are being sidelined by the US in favor of negotiations with Iran (Haaretz). Spiegel reports that there was “unease” among German officials as the Francop belongs to a German shipping company, although it is leased to a Cyprus-based firm. Another German-owned ship was recently intercepted with a smaller cache of arms [previously covered here] in an “embarrassing” affair for Germany (Spiegel).
United Press International | Al Jazeera | BBC | Haaretz | Spiegel

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