Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday called the fact of two Iranian warships heading to the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal a “provocation.”

In a speech before the leaders U.S. Jewish organizations in Jerusalem, Lieberman said that the two Iranian warships would pass through the Suez Canal overnight and then head to Syria, a country with which Israel is formally at war.

Lieberman referred that the deployment of the warships was “a provocation that proves Iran’s nerve and self-esteem is growing from day to day.”

According to, Iran announced it has planned that the warships would be deployed near Israel and dock at a Syrian port for one year.

Iranian news agencies in January announced the beginning of the country’s year-long drills that would deploy warships from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal.