In this 2nd joint naval exercise between NATO maritime forces and the IDF, Romanian and Greek military vessels act out emergency scenarios that require the Israeli Navy to facilitate immediate medical evacuations to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.
By RACHEL WOLF
Israel became the first NATO partner to participate in an exercise with Operation Sea Guardian, which NATO launched in November 2016.
The exercise, called “Crystal Sea,” was meant “to develop regional medical support to ensure that any health issue among the crew on board military ships participating in Operation Sea Guardian can be addressed quickly, wherever the ships are sailing at the time,” according to NATO. Continue Reading »
Jens Stoltenberg’s comment comes despite closer cooperation seen by Israel’s and NATO’s growing alliance that was demonstrated this May by Israel’s participation in a joint naval exercise.
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, ANNA AHRONHEIM
Jens Stoltenberg, the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), told a German media outlet on Saturday that NATO would not side with Israel in the event that the Islamic Republic of Iran attacks the Jewish state.
The NATO chief told Der Spiegel magazine that “the security guarantee [of NATO] does not apply to Israel” because the Jewish state is not a member of the 29 country alliance. Continue Reading »
With Israel’s relationship with NATO now defined as a “partnership,” the anchoring of their ships will include meetings between senior NATO officers and their Israeli counterparts as well as a joint NATO-Israel naval exercise.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
The British HMS Duncan and Spanish frigate Victoria, commissioned by NATO forces, docked in Israel’s Haifa port ahead of joint exercises.
Spanish frigate Victoria – NATO File Photo
This is the first time that the Spanish frigate has docked in an Israeli port, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit said Friday.
The anchoring of the ships will include a meeting between senior naval officers and a meeting between senior NATO officers and their Israeli counterparts as well as a joint NATO-Israel naval exercise. Continue Reading »
Reconciliation with Turkey will eliminate barriers placed by its President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, allowing NATO to integrate Israeli cybersecurity, battlefield medicine capabilities, electronic upgrades and a host of products NATO sees as assets.
By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
Israel’s efforts to reconcile with NATO member Turkey will help enhance Israeli intelligence sharing and other security cooperation with the alliance, a NATO diplomat said on Tuesday.
NATO Headquarters in Brussels – Photo: Reuters
Israel and Turkey were once close regional allies, but diplomatic relations between them broke down in 2010 after the Israeli naval raid on the Gaza-bound vessel Mavi Marmara in which 10 pro-Palestinian Turkish activists were killed. Continue Reading »