Leading news headlines over the past week, the blockage of the Egyptian Suez Canal after the Ever Given cargo ship got wedged in the waterway has reignited conversations over trade routes in the Middle East; especially an Israeli old plan to compete with Egypt.
The kicker is that they planned to use 520 nuclear bombs to dig a ditch/canal which is insane even if you somehow nullify the environmental effects Of the nuclear bombshttps://t.co/RhSwPn447s— Pocket Change Investments: Podcast (@PodcastPocket) March 27, 2021
While the world was busy watching the huge cargo ship being refloated before the breakthrough achieved by Egypt on Monday morning, numerous discussions have been started over whether or not the incident was a deliberate one or not, and the possible benefits neighboring Israel can score if the crisis was to last any longer.
Inspired by many news reports remembering older projects for new trade routes in the Middle East, many social media users have been wondering whether or not the Ever Given incident was a planned effort meant to undermine the Suez canal, which was built in 1859 and is considered a vital waterway for global trade, carrying about 10% of international trade.
The crisis of the “Ever Given” container vessel, which ran aground in the Suez Canal and was freed after it had completely blocked all other shipping for six days, has revived talk about alternatives, including Israel’s Ben Gurion canal project. https://t.co/u7YoBlapPE— The Arab Weekly (@ArabWeekly) March 30, 2021
أكاد أجزم أن موضوع قناة السويس ليس بحادث عارض، بل مخطط له لتكون ذريعة لإبجاد قناة بديلة تحت عنوان: "حتى لا تتسبب قناة السويس مرة أخرى في تعطيل حركة التجارة العالمية"!— Nada Mostafa (@realNadaMostafa) March 25, 2021
وطبعا البديل سيكون صهيوني، وتضيع القناة كما ضاع النيل وتيران وصنافير وغاز شرق المتوسط .. إلخ
Translation: "I am almost certain that the Suez canal issue isn't just an unfortunate incident, but an already planned one to suggest an alternative to "never again disrupt global trade." The alterative will definitely be an Israeli one and we will lose the canal similar to how we have lost the Nile, the Tiran and Sanafir islands, and the Mediterranian natural gas..."
According to Business Insider, the US had already discussed plans for the alternative canal with Israel during 1960s, one that would have granted Israel a great advantage in terms of the global economy.
Online people have been pointing fingers at Israel on the other side of the Sinai peninsula, saying that it had already considered plans for a Ben Gurion canal to be an alternative for international trade, "in case a similar incident happens again."
Israel announces today the start of work on the Ben Gurion Canal, the alternative canal to the Suez Canal pic.twitter.com/VUPfhwB7cY— Ula the Gardener #FreePalestine #CorbynForever (@Citruscrush) March 30, 2021
Some online commentators have gone even further suggesting that Israel has already started working on building its own canal, despite no confirmed information backing this claim so far.
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