“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 HÃ¼rriyet Daily News, June 20 (thanks to Joshua):
Defense Minister Ä°smet YÄ±lmaz 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,” YÄ±lmaz 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 KÃ¼recik 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….