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Egyptians Discover Iranian Plot to Terrorize Israeli Ships Crossing the Suez

March 26th 2012

Cargo Ships in Suez Canal
Cargo ship passing through the Suez Canal, Credit: Daniel Csörföly

An Egyptian Al-Ahram weekly newspaper claimed that Iran plotted to carry out a terror attack on an Israeli ship as it passed through Egypt’s Suez Canal. The report suggested that Iran hired two Egyptians Suleiman Razek Abdul-Razek and Salameh Ahmed Salameh, offering them 50 million Egyptian pounds ($8.3 million US). Egyptian security forces discovered the plot and arrested the two men on Saturday.

The plot was discovered before enacted, as the two would-be terrorist attempted to hire a third party, believed to be a man named Mohamed Zakri, to carry out the bombing. but are now denying any involvement in the matter whatsoever. In a similar manner to the way Iran had recruited Manssor Arbabsiar to carry out terrorist plots against United States, this report would indicate that the Iranian efforts to spread its campaign of fear is still very much in effect.

Israel's newspaper reported last week that a high-ranking official in Jerusalem said that Iranian military experts have been active in Sinai and the Gaza Strip:

“Several terror groups are now at large in Sinai, the source claimed: local Bedouin, who are adopting the ideology of the Global Jihad; groups supported by Iran who are trying to recruit and train militants not only in Sinai but throughout Egypt; and Palestinian organizations. Joining them are Global Jihad militants from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia… The official said the Iranians are urging and directing Palestinians to carry out attacks, and that they have tried to encourage Hamas to do so as well.”

The source said, “many Palestinian organizations use the Sinai peninsula as a convenient area for activity.”

Juda Engelmayer is an executive with the NY PR agency 5W Public Relations and a contributor to the Cutting Edge News.


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