How is forcing them to allow Israeli vessels to pass equivalent to freeing as you said on the other thread? It was a canal built by Egyptian people (under British rule) and in control of the Egyptian government. Shouldn't the Egyptians therefore decide what to do with it?
The Suez canal was dug as an international shipping lane. It is illieagal to close it down to another country. Nasser new full well what Israel would do, since Israel had no choice. He also threatend and prevented Israeli shipping in the Red Sea. Nasser was the Saddam Hussain of his time, and I really dont know why you are so quick to rush to his defense. He provoked Israel in to war twice, and lost twice. His own arrogance was his worst enemy.