‘Turkey Blocked NATO Intelligence Access to Israel

NATO missile defense radar in Turkey

JERUSALEM (JPost)—Turkey went out of its way to ensure Israel had no access to data from the NATO-backed missile defense system to be built on its territory, the Turkish Today’s Zaman reported Monday.

According the report, “Turkey went to great lengths in protracted negotiations with the US to secure guarantees that the data to be collected by the system will not be shared with ally-turned-foe Israel and that Israel’s nemesis Iran will never be mentioned as a threat.”

In an interview with Today’s Zaman published Monday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Iranians need not worry about the missile defense system if they are not planning an attack.

“You can only consider our missile defense system a threat if you have an intention or an idea that you want to attack a NATO territory,” Rasmussen said.

Addressing the tense relationship between Turkey and Israel, Rasmussen said, “I hope that Turkey and Israel can find peaceful ways to settle this dispute, because Israel is actually a member of one of our partnerships, called the Mediterranean Dialogue. Israel is a valued partner and we need a positive relationship between a staunch ally and a valued partner.”

Rasmussen also said Iran’s threat to block the Strait of Hormuz was “in contradiction with Iran’s international obligations,” and that Russian cooperation on missile defense was lower than hoped.

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  1. gaytzag palandjian said:

    I fathom ,speculate,take whichever you prefer that sooner rather than a delay Israel will tilt its orientation towards some other allies in that area. It is anybody´s guess that Israel will have to come to grips with its honest side and recognize the Armenian Genocide before too late. Thus paving the path twoards other NATO partnerships in the area…

  2. Viguen Krikoryan said:

    Does Turkey have any friends? I do not think so. Turkey zigzags its way to its survival.. Turkey has no principles. She is not friends of Arabs and no friends to Israel, and certainly not to the Western world. How stupid one can be to even think of dealing with Turkey?
    Joining of Turkey to the European Union will be the end of the European Union. Read the history of this blood thirsty nation and you will know that Turkey is a burden to world peace and world stability.

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