There is not a single Israeli among the crew members of the Galaxy Leader ship, which was transporting cargo from Turkey to India, the Jerusalem Post reported.
This is “another Iranian act of terrorism, revealing the escalation of Iran’s hostilities against citizens of the free world, which has consequences for the security of international shipping,” commented Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office, quoted by Reuters.
Houthi attacks on Israel
The Houthis, an ally of Tehran, have been shelling Israel with long-range rockets and drones in solidarity with Palestinian Hamas. Last week, the Houthi leader announced that his forces would carry out further attacks on Israel and may target Israeli ships in the Red Sea.-
An announcement appeared on a Houthi-affiliated news channel that both Israeli-flagged ships and those owned or operated by Israeli companies would be attacked. This indicates, the Jerusalem Post noted, that vessels carrying cargo owned by Israelis or even partially owned by them may also be attacked. “This would change the nature of the kidnapping from the seizure of general cargo during the war to piracy,” the newspaper emphasized.