Shalom: Iranian naval vessels are provocation to West

Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said that the two Iranian vessels crossing the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean should be seen as a part of Iran's effort to exert stronger regional influence and control in the Middle East, Israel Radio reported Tuesday.
Silvan added that the "Iranian provocation is a signal to the leaders of the Arab world who is the new ruler of the Middle East," Shalom said. He called on the international community to join US President Barack Obama's offer and ratchet up sanctions on Iran.