Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Professor Ely Karmon on Israeli military aid to Turkey

Following my previous email, “Turkey’s problem with Israel is bigger than the Mavi Marmara,” see Today Zaman’s article about Israel’s delivery of AWACS equipment to Turkey at http://www.todayszaman.com/news-307296-.html.

The daily mentions that “the ongoing Syrian conflict has posed additional challenges for Turkish national security, especially following the downing of a Turkish jet by Syria's air defense in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
Remarkably, the Turkish newspaper Islamist daily supportive of the AKP government, mentions also the need for this strategic electronic equipment in the context of “tensions with Israel and Greek Cyprus over the issue of gas drilling in the region [] to boost its early warning systems to handle the multi-dimensional challenges stemming from the numerous crises in the region.”

According to the Israeli Haaretz, “facing pressure from Boeing and American administration officials, the Israeli government recently ended a freeze on advanced electronic warfare systems for the Turkish Air Force.” See at:

It seems that the American administration and the Israeli defense establishment seem to put at risk their own strategic interests at a moment when  Turkey threatens that “if Israel were to attack any Muslim country, Turkey would respond.”

It is well known that in the Middle East threatening rhetoric can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy.


For those who prefer Hebrew, see a shorter version at the Maariv/NRG website at http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/434/191.html?hp=1&cat=479&loc=11

Ely Karmon, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scholar
International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and
The Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at
The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC)
Herzlyia, Israel
Tel.:   972-9-9527277
Cell.: 972-52-2653306
Fax.: 972-9-9513073, 972-9-7716653
E-mail: ekarmon@idc.ac.il
Web: http://www.ict.org.il/

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