Russia’s weekend delivery of the advanced S-400 air defense system will now terminate the US’s F-35 fighter jet sales program, as Washington has warned Turkey about taking delivery, regardless of Ankara insistence it is a “strategic defense requirement.”
Russia flew a fresh shipment of advanced air defense equipment to Turkey on Saturday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said, continuing to implement a deal that is likely to trigger US sanctions against a NATO ally.
The ministry said a fourth Russian cargo plane landed at the Mürted Airbase near the Turkish capital Ankara, a day after three huge Russian air force AN-124 planes offloaded equipment at the base. Continue Reading »
Having ignored NATO & US warnings against Turkey’s instance to acquire the Russian S-400 missile defense system, Washington halts F-35 equipment transfers to Ankara and will possibly freeze deal where two jets are expected to be handed over this month.
The Pentagon’s decision to stop the delivery of equipment related to the F-35 stealth fighter jet to Turkey due to Ankara’s decision to purchase the Russian-made S-400 air defense system will allow Israel to keep it’s aerial superiority in the Middle East.
Washington’s move follows repeated warnings both from the United States and NATO allies to Ankara that buying the Russian system alongside the Lockheed Martin-produced jets would threaten the security of the F-35s by learning how to spot and track it. 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 »
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Saturday called for NATO forces to replace the IDF in the West Bank, as part of as part of any peace deal that leads to the creation of a two-state solution.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signs the Paris Agreement on climate change at UN headquarters in New York. – Photo: REUTERS
He also rejected the idea of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, when speaking before the Arab League. Continue Reading »
Israeli rescue helicopters, missile boats, swiftboats, patrol boats, along with para-rescue soldiers from the IDF’s elite 669 unit with search & rescue vessels took part in the joint naval drill held at the NATO facility in the Greek islands.
By Yoav Zitun
A joint training exercise between the US, Greek and Israeli navies held at a NATO facility in the Greek islands has recently concluded.
The drill included several training missions, with Israeli missile boats, patrol boats, swiftboats, rescue helicopters with para-rescue soldiers from the elite 669 unit, and search and rescue vessels all took part in the exercise. Continue Reading »
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that Israel would accept an invitation from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to open a permanent office at its Brussels headquarters, a move Turkey claimed it had blocked some five years ago.
The move represents a significant upgrade for Israel’s ties to the 28-nation NATO. Israel is currently a partner in NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue, along with six other countries on the Mediterranean: Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Mauritania and Morocco. Continue Reading »
WATCH: Elbit’s MUSIC Countermeasures system, adapted to 20 aircraft models, protects civilian airliners from shoulder-launched rockets & heat-seeking missiles, could lead to deals with NATO’s 28 member states.
By Hezi Sternlicht, Ilan Gattegno, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
An Israeli system that protects planes from surface-to-air missiles has passed a test conducted by NATO, which could open up new markets for the technology in the alliance’s 28 member states, defense electronics manufacturer Elbit Systems said Monday.
The system, which can jam incoming heat-seeking missiles with a laser, is already in use by civilian Israeli carriers.
MUSIC, or Multi Spectral Infrared Countermeasures, is a family of high-performance, directed infrared countermeasure systems, which are integrated with other advanced, passive airborne warning systems to protect aircraft against heat seeking surface-to-air missiles and shoulder-launched rockets. Continue Reading »
The deal: Israel sells natural gas to Turkey, acquiring cheaper energy, and the Palestinians catch a break with relief on the blockade.
By Emmanuel Navon
The long-awaited approval of the natural gas deal by the Israeli government has the potential of turning Israel into a major energy exporter and therefore into a different kind of geopolitical player. This change is already being felt vis-à-vis a former regional ally-turned-challenger: Turkey.
In September 2014, the owners of the Leviathan gas field (Noble Energy and the Delek Group) signed an agreement with Jordan’s national electric company (NEPCO) for the export of 45 BCM (billion cubic meters) of natural gas over 15 years. Continue Reading »
The trilateral exercise, from April 27 until May 14, will include from Israel, dolphin class submarines, Sa’ar missile ships and a naval helicopter.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
The Israel Navy took part in a trilateral exercise with the US and Greek navies this week.
Israel holds naval drill with US & Greece. – Photo: IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT
The exercise, the largest of its kind, dubbed Noble Dina, involved air-sea maneuvers and the use of a variety of naval vessels. It began on April 27 and will reach its conclusion on May 14, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said.
Three Israeli missile ships – the INS Lahav, a Sa’ar-class ship, and the INS Keshet and the INS Romah, both Sa’ar-4.5 class missile ships – took part. Continue Reading »
RadicalIslamist militant group sets up its ‘West Bank & Jerusalem Headquarters’ in Istanbul, using it as base for recruitment, financing & operational planning for anti-Israel terrorism, with the blessings of Turkey’s President Erdoğan.
By Alex Fishman
Relations been Israel and Turkey have been on a slippery downward slope in recent years; of late, however, the situation has led to grave consequences beyond the realm of politics: Turkey has become a Hamas hotbed, and members of the organization’s military wing are undergoing military training on Turkish soil, with the knowledge, support and assistance of the local authorities.
Hamas political leader Khaled Mashal, left, with Turkish President Erdoğan in Turkey last year.
Western nations seeking to successfully integrate more women into their perspective militaries learn of Israel’s success during recent NATO conference.
By Aryeh Savir, Tazpit
The Women’s Affairs Advisor to the IDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Rachel Tevet-Wiesel, participated this week in the annual conference of NATO’s Committee on Gender Perspectives, which took place at the organization’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Representatives from some 30 countries attended the conference to discuss the integration of women in militaries throughout the world.
Gen. Tevet-Wiesel speaks at the NATO conference. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
During the conference, Brig. Gen. Tevet-Wiesel spoke to global military representatives on the IDF’s opportunities for women, which are considered advanced relative to those of other militaries. Continue Reading »
Abbas speaks at the UN General Assembly. – Photo: AFP
The NATO mission Abbas proposed in talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would last indefinitely and include troop patrols throughout the West Bank and Gaza, at all checkpoints and within Jerusalem, according to the Times.
Israel’s Chief of Staff of the IDF, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz will meet with NATO counterparts in Brussels, to present Israel’s security challenges with an emphasis on Iran, the Middle East & global terrorism.
By Lilach Shoval
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz landed in Brussels for a two-day work visit on Tuesday to attend the 170th NATO defense chiefs’ meeting.
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
During his visit, Gantz will hold a series of meetings with his counterparts and other senior NATO officials, and on Wednesday was expected to attend the NATO Mediterranean Dialogue with the chiefs of staff of NATO member countries.
WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK — Turkey has placed its armed forces on alert in light of possible security threats from Syria as the West continues to discuss military action on the Damascus regime in response to a supposed chemical weapons attack, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.
Turkish soldiers. – Photo: REUTERS
Davutoglu asserted that “all options are on the table” for Turkey to address the use of chemical weapons in Syria on a massive scale.
The Turkish daily Hurriyet reports suggestion to resume meetings between ministers from Israel and 6 Arab Mediterranean countries was blocked by Ankara & Cairo, who said ‘it’s not the right time’.
An initiative to bring Israel and six Arab countries’ ministers together under NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue group for the first time since 2008 has been nixed by Turkey and Egypt, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported Saturday.
Ankara and Cairo reportedly said “it was not the right time” for such a meeting.
“The general-secretary was planning to invite the foreign ministers of the Mediterranean Dialogue countries on the sidelines of the NATO foreign ministers meeting scheduled for April 23 but Turkey objected to the idea,” a Western diplomat told Hürriyet. Continue Reading »
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