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Turkey Blocks Israel from NATO Summit Over Mavi Marmara

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Turkey will block Israel from participating in a NATO summit next month because the Jewish state has not responded for the killing of Turks who attacked Israeli naval officers boarding the illegal flotilla Mavi Marmara in May 2010.

Nine Turks were killed by naval commandos, when they attacked and began beating the soldiers as they attempted to board the ship to prevent it from illegally entering Israel’s waters as part of a protest effort to reach Gaza. Seven Israeli soldiers were injured by the attacking demonstrators.

Mavi Marmara Activists Prepare Weapons for IDF Embarkation

Since then, relations between Turkey and Israel have rapidly declined, with Turkey expelling the Israeli envoy and discontinuing military cooperation.

Turkey has demanded an official apology for the incident, as well as financial compensation.

A Turkish official told Reuters that while Israel is a member of the NATO alliance, “we deem it not appropriate for Israel to be around,” until it concedes to Turkish demands.

Turkey Blocking Israel’s Participation in NATO Chicago Summit

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Turkey blocked the participation of Israel in next month’s NATO Summit in Chicago, a Turkish newspaper reported.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vetoed Israel’s participation during a NATO foreign ministers meeting last week in Brussels, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Monday.

“There will be no Israeli presence at the NATO meeting unless they issue a formal apology and pay compensation for the Turkish citizens their commandos killed in international waters,” a senior Turkish official told Hurriyet, referring to the deaths of nine Turkish citizens during an Israeli naval commando raid on the Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara as it attempted to break Israeli’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010.

“Those countries who wish to see normalization in ties between Turkey and Israel should advise Israel to apologize and to compensate the killing of Turks in international waters,” the official told the news service.

Israel, as well as other countries including Egypt, Mauritania, Algeria and Morocco, is a member of the Mediterranean Dialogue, a NATO outreach program.

Turkey has previously vetoed Israeli attempts to participate more fully in NATO. It vetoed an Israeli request to open an office at NATO headquarters and its participation in some Mediterranean Dialogue group activities, according to Hurriyet.

“You are talking about being partners and partnership values. But partners, first of everything, should act like partners, so that we’ll treat them accordingly,” Davutoglu said during last week’s NATO meeting, according to Hurriyet.

Afghanistan Burns

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The more than weeklong series of violent demonstrations and attacks in Afghanistan, which came in response to the burning by U.S. military personnel of some copies of the Koran, is eerily reminiscent of the 1968 Tet Offensive that foreshadowed the collapse of the U.S. military position in Vietnam. The violence in Afghanistan has included the shooting deaths of two U.S. officers inside the Interior Ministry in Kabul and the wounding of several others in a grenade attack on an American military base.

No one with the exception of the rioters seems to think the burnings were intended as an act of disrespect. Rather, they were an effort by American military authorities to destroy documents containing secret codes penciled in by incarcerated terrorists as a means of communicating among themselves. And while many have criticized President Obama for apologizing to the people of Afghanistan, it can hardly be argued that it would somehow be in U.S. interests for the American military to even appear to have disrespected the religious culture of the host country.

Yet all things considered, the reaction in Afghanistan has, by any measure, not only been over the top but also extremely revealing.

We are now more than ten years into America’s invasion of Afghanistan, which was designed to rout the Taliban who had harbored Al Qaeda. The fighting has resulted in thousands of American and NATO deaths and casualties as well as billions of dollars spent. It would appear, however, that little has been accomplished in terms of American goals, with the Taliban still a formidable military and popular force in the country.

Nevertheless, declaring impending victory, the Obama administration many months ago announced plans for a military withdrawal and for turning over responsibility for securing Afghanistan against Taliban insurgencies. But not only does it now appear the Taliban can attack American and NATO forces at will, the widespread popular ferment over the Koran burnings demonstrates we have not come very far in gaining the respect of the people of Afghanistan or in moving Afghanistan out of the 10th century and into democratic nation-building mode.

Nor is the problem reflected purely in terms of rank-and-file Afghans. In response to the widespread attacks, the U.S. and its allies removed hundreds of military and civilian advisers in Kabul and across Afghanistan, which can only be seen as a signal that the international community is fast losing faith in President Karzai. Not only were the attacks an eye-opener with respect to his capacity to control his country, he did not endear himself to his ostensible allies in his news conference last Sunday.

Remarkably, he did not mention the U.S. deaths and casualties in his opening statement, focusing almost exclusively on the burning of the Korans. It was only when he was asked about the deaths by a reporter that he expressed his condolences, but even then pointedly refrained from apologizing. Coming after President Obama’s apology for what was at worst a misunderstanding, this will not go down well with the United States as it contemplates its future relations with Afghanistan.

In the larger sense, the Afghan experience only reinforces the lesson of Vietnam that military power alone, even of the overwhelming sort possessed by the United States, can no longer determine the course of another country’s history in the face of nationalism, ingrained sectarianism, and a lack of democratic tradition.

The idea that a lone superpower like the United States can use its power internationally in the long term, beyond putting out brushfires, no longer has currency. As the concept of the “Arab Spring” spreads, the further loss of dictators whom the U.S. could at least work with will contribute to increased international instability.

While the U.S. will still be able to maintain a key military presence around the world to maintain its strategic interests, it will no longer be seen as able to insinuate itself into ongoing local conflicts, particularly when those conflicts feature locals pursuing their own agendas and acting as surrogates for others.

Turkey Condemns Rick Perry’s “Islamic terrorist” Comment

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Turkey condemned comments made by Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry on Monday in which he said that the country is being ruled by “Islamic terrorists.”

“We strongly condemn the unfounded and inappropriate allegations expressed yesterday evening about our country during a debate held in South Carolina by Texas Governor Rick Perry …,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

Perry is quoted as saying: “Obviously when you have a country that is being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists, when you start seeing that sort of activity against their own citizens, then yes – not only is it time for us to have a conversation about whether or not they belong in NATO, but it’s time for the United States, when we look at their foreign aid, to go to zero with it.”

Russia Expresses Solidarity With Iran

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

In a veiled threat to Western powers, a Russian diplomat implied that an attack on Iran would be considered an attack on Russia.

“Iran is our neighbor,” Russian ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said in Brussels on Friday. “And if Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.”

 

Winds Of War: Syria’s Assad Threatens To Destroy Tel Aviv

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

JERUSALEM – The Mideast war of words heated up this week as Syrian president Bashar Assad threatened to destroy Tel Aviv in six hours with a volley of upgraded Scud missiles if Turkish or NATO forces threatened his teetering regime.

 

According to Israeli military sources, Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces are on the ground in Damascus, Beirut and Gaza, directing attacks on civilians and anti-government forces in Syria, integrating sophisticated weapons, including Scud missiles, into Hizbullah’s formidable arsenal and smuggling weapons into Gaza via tunnels along the porous Egypt-Gaza border.

 

On Monday, recently retired IDF Southern Command General Yoav Gallant backed IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz’s call for a lightning invasion of Gaza to wipe out Hamas’s terror infrastructure. Gallant chided the previous Israeli government for not finishing the job in Gaza during the course of Operation Cast Lead.

 

On Tuesday, a large garrison of IDF infantry and tank forces was positioned between the metro Eilat region and Egypt’s Northern Sinai desert after military intelligence once again warned of an impending attack on Israeli civilians by Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda groups operating along the lawless Sinai corridor. Annual high school and youth group trips to the mountainous desert regions around Eilat were canceled due to the terror threats. (Hotels in Eilat, which are currently filled with domestic and foreign tourists, were operating normally.)

 

Last week, the IDF conducted a series of intense drills to defend against conventional and unconventional attacks on major population centers. High-ranking Pentagon and IDF officials have also met in recent days to map out plans to defend Israeli and American forces in case of an Iranian attack.

 

The London Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday that Iranian Revolutionary Guard units were moving medium and long range missiles into secret bunkers in anticipation of either an American or Israeli attack on nuclear and ballistic missile facilities.

 

The Revolutionary Guards threatened to retaliate against American targets after a U.S. Air Force stealth drone was shot down over Southern Iran last weekend.

Iranian Officials Threaten Counterattacks in Israel, Turkey

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Regional tension over Iran’s nuclear capability is escalating, with Iranian officials threatening that their country will attack Israel and NATO missile defense installations in Turkey if Iran is attacked by Israel or the United States.

 

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, warned Saturday that Iran would respond to any military action by the West.  “Should we be threatened, we will target NATO’s missile defense shield in Turkey and then hit the next targets,” said Hajizadeh, according to Iran’s Mehr news agency.  Iran says the shields, located 435 miles into Turkish territory, is in place to protect Israel from Iranian missiles.

 

Also on Saturday, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani said that Iran will not only repel attacks against it, but will issue counter attacks.

 

“If Israel fires a missile towards our nuclear or critical facilities, it should know that every inch of Israel, including its nuclear centers, are a target for our missiles and we have this capability today,” Javani said, according to Iranian state-owned PressTv.

 

Israel has ramped up insinuations that it would attack Iranian nuclear reactors following the release of a report this month by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iranian nuclear facilities were working to build atomic weapons.  Iran says the purpose of its nuclear program is to create energy.

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