Friday, June 25, 2010

Iranian Flotilla From Caspian Sea

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Arutz Sheva:
One of the organizers of an Iranian flotilla to Gaza announced on Thursday that it had been cancelled after what he described as "Israeli threats" that the Jewish state would act against the flotilla's from the Islamic Republic and from Lebanon, according to Israel Defense Forces Radio.

At the same time, Iranian parliament member Mahmoud Ahmadi announced that another ship with 60 Iranians on board will set sail for Gaza with aid via the Caspian Sea because it was published in Lebanon that Egypt rejected an Israeli request to prevent Iranian ships from going toward Gaza via the Suez Canal.

This presents a problem. How does a ship get from the Caspian Sea (which is landlocked) to the Mediterranean Sea?

Wikipedia solves the mystery:
Although the Caspian Sea is endorheic, its main tributary, Volga, is connected by important shipping canals with the Don River (and thus the Black Sea) and with the Baltic Sea, with branch canals to Northern Dvina and to the White Sea.

The logical choice would be to take the Volga River to the Volga-Don Canal, then take a left at the Don River. This means that the flotilla must go through Russia. The Don River gets it to the Black Sea, which gets it to the Mediterranean through the Bosporus Strait and the Dardanelles.

This reminds me of this post, where I wrote, translating from חבלי משיח בזמנינו:

We have a tradition from the students of the Gr"a in the (Vilna) Gaon's name: "If the ships of the Russian government will cross over the Bosporus Strait ([and] the "Dardanelles"), we need to wear clothes of Shabbat" to tell you that at that time, it will soon be the coming of Mashiah.

These are not from the Russian government, but they certainly could stop the flotilla if they wanted to as it is passing through its territory. Egypt is using its authority to stop Iran's flotilla, but the Russian government apparently is not. "Ships of the Russian government" indeed.


At Fri Jun 25, 05:33:00 AM 2010, Blogger משה רפאל said...

It is in this weeks Parasha: BaMidbar 24:24.

At Fri Jun 25, 08:05:00 AM 2010, Blogger browser said...

did you take your medecine already?
if not please,take it right away,you need it.


At Fri Jun 25, 09:53:00 AM 2010, Blogger yaak said...

Moshe Refael, I referred to that verse in a previout post, and I have a post in progress that will talk about that too.

Chaim/browser, if being sick means longing for Mashiah, I don't want to be cured.

At Fri Jun 25, 07:58:00 PM 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you take Gaza spelled in Hebrew, and start with the last letter, you have a numerical value of 5 for the hay, then you have 7 for zayin, and then 70 for ayin. If you put all the digits next to each other, you have 5770. Perhaps it's a hidden message or code?

At Sat Jun 26, 06:35:00 PM 2010, Blogger Devorah said...

A flotilla has been cancelled

Which one is this? The same one you are speaking about in your blog post, or is that one still going ahead?

At Sun Jun 27, 12:47:00 AM 2010, Blogger yaak said...

Anonymous, interesting thought.

Devorah, it's still going ahead avoiding the Suez Canal and going the route in the map (I believe).

This is from the link you had:

"While the planned flotilla has been called off, a different Iranian boat is scheduled to set sail from Turkey, avoiding the Suez canal. Its passengers will include four Iranian lawmakers."

At Tue Jun 29, 04:00:00 PM 2010, Anonymous Shiloh said...

Devorah, what's with the google sign on to view your blog. I don't have a google account (don't like their privacy policy). Guess you will loose some readership. too bad.


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