Guwahati: On Wednesday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that if Iran were to block the Bab al-Mandeb strait that links the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, Israel would deploy its military.
Last week after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two ships in the water-way, Saudi Arabia said that it was suspending oil shipments through the strait, on the main sea route from the Middle East to Europe.
Yemen, which lies on the southern side of Bab al-Mandeb, both Iran and Saudi Arabia are in a three-year-old proxy war.
Yemen’s Houthis last week said that they had the naval capability to hit Saudi ports and other Red sea targets, who had previously threatened to block the strait.
To block Baba al-Mandeb Iran has not given any threatening, but instead it said that it would block the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Gulf if it was to be prevented from exporting its own oil.
The Israeli Prime minister said that if Iran tries to block the straits of Bab al-Mandeb, then they will be certain of one thing that they will be confronting an international coalition that will be determined to prevent this and also the fact that the all of Israel’s military branches will be included in the coalition.
In a separate speech at an event, the Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel had recently heard threats of harming Israeli ships in the Red Sea.
Mainly from Asia, ships bound for the Israel pass through the waterway to Eilat, or continue through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea. Ships bound for Jordon’s Aqaba port must also pass through the strait.