Turkey's Defense Minister: Israel will not be given access to NATO data designed to protect against missile attack from rogue nation
Posted by Robert on June 21, 2012 7:16 AM
“Information-sharing with non-NATO actors is subject to specific arrangements and it is possible only if the allies consensually agree on it.” And that means that a rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey will leave Israel out in the cold, even though it is the nation most likely to be targeted in such an attack.
"No Israeli access to NATO data: minister," from  Hürriyet Daily News, June 20 (thanks to Joshua):
Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz has rejected suggestions that Israel will be given access to data designed to protect alliance members against ballistic missile threats from a rogue nation.
“Any data or information produced by this system will only be available to the alliance, as in the case for other alliance systems,” Yılmaz said in an email message sent to the American defense magazine Defense News last week.
“Information-sharing with non-NATO actors is subject to specific arrangements and it is possible only if the allies consensually agree on it,” he said. NATO agreed in a summit meeting in Lisbon two years ago to devise a missile defense system to protect alliance members from a rogue nation in the area. As part of the system, Turkey agreed to allow the U.S. military to install a special X-band radar at a base in Kürecik in eastern Turkey.
Turkey and Israel bolstered their defense cooperation to a strategic level in the mid-1990s. Israeli defense industry upgraded Turkish F-4 and F-5 aircraft and a group of M-60 tanks. It has also built unmanned aerial vehicles for Turkey. But the former allies have become foes as a result of Turkey’s objections to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
In its lowest point, Israeli commandos killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American in a raid on the Mavi Marmara ship that was leading a flotilla attempting to break the Israeli embargo of the Gaza strip. Turkey last year downgraded diplomatic relations and cut all military ties with Israel as a result of the raid....
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