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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 07:15 PM
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Turkey Bars Israeli Military Overflights
Turkey said Monday that it closed its airspace to Israeli military flights in the wake of the Israeli commando raid on a Turkish aid ship, further squeezing a military alliance that analysts say has become more useful for Israel than for Ankara.

Yet four weeks after the May 31 boarding of the Mavi Marmara severely damaged the relationship between the two countries, Ankara remains cautious about completely severing its military ties with Israel.

On Monday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters after a Group of 20 summit in Toronto that Turkey has banned Israeli military flights from its airspace since the May 31 boarding of the Gaza-bound aid ship in which eight Turks and an American of Turkish descent were killed, the Associated Press reported. Mr. Erdogan was responding to questions about an Israeli plane carrying military personnel to Auschwitz, Poland, that was forced to divert earlier this month. A Turkish official clarified that military flights would be considered on a case-by-case basis and civilian flights wouldn't be affected, the AP said.

Immediately after the Gaza incident, Turkey canceled three scheduled military exercises with Israel. Since then, it has warned that ties could be further restricted if Israel fails to apologize to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara affair, among other conditions. But Turkey's government is wary of rushing to take steps that could harm relations with the U.S., or with its own military industry because of lost potential contracts, analysts say.
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shaayecanaan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 08:02 PM
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1. Good article, thanks...
I think Turkey is poised to become a non-aligned country in the same way that India and Yugoslavia were during the cold war, which allowed those states to offer their assistance to the highest bidder.

I don't really think Israel is in a position to retaliate. It makes $2 billion a year selling military kit to Turkey, and even if they pulled the pin the Turks could probably go elsewhere.

I think the option of simply letting the activists dock in Gaza is looking pretty good in retrospect.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 10:34 PM
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2. Yep, we have a new situation, thanks in good measure to the Bushites.
I've been watching it develop and pointing it out ever since NumNuts and his dipshit minions decided to bring democracy to the Middle East. And both Washington and Tel Aviv have been noticeably slow to adapt. But then the new situation is largely their doing, the result of their failed policies and belligerent attitude, so adapting would be tantamount to admitting to error.
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