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Israel to upgrade ties with Nato

Updated May 05, 2016 09:32am


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JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel would upgrade its ties with the 28-member Nato military alliance by opening a permanent mission to its Brussels headquarters.

“Israel will accept the invitation and open an office, in the near future,” Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.

“The countries of the world want to cooperate with us because of our determined fight against terror, our technological know-how, our intelligence network and other things,” his office quoted him as saying.

Nato announced on Tuesday that it agreed that “an official Israeli mission be established at Nato headquarters” with the Israel’s EU envoy as head of the mission.

An Israeli expert said that the move was a result of pressure from other Nato members on Turkey, which joined in 1952, to drop its veto on closer alliance ties with its former ally.

“It’s a Turkish confidence-building measure vis-a-vis Israel,” said Tommy Steiner, an expert on Nato-Israel ties at the Institute for Policy and Strategy near Tel Aviv.

Published in Dawn, May 5th, 2016


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Comments (4) Closed

Akil Akhtar May 05, 2016 10:11am

Israel has caused more hatred towards Jews than before.....

Monsoon May 05, 2016 10:11am

The developments in ME,especially the Putin gate crash and presence in Syria,has prompted Israel to reassess its defense,and could be a justification on upgrading ties with NATO.Another plausible reason could be Iran,wish list about Strait of Hormuz,Iran wants US and its allies out from what it claim its water,interestingly both Israel and Pakistan are allies of US..

Cyrus May 05, 2016 01:05pm

@Monsoon ... ... Israel wants to help Europe remove terrorists. A very smart move by Israel, which is not all that popular in Europe. It is similar to Saudi Arabia building a recent coalition with Sunni countries to protect itself. Israel's intelligence service is the world's best, for reasons they won't go into.

immo May 05, 2016 04:00pm

@Cyrus israel is the very definition of terrorism read a book Mr