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Turkey Pulls Out of US-Israeli Navy Exercise

Al-Manar – 05/07/2010

In another sign of the deteriorating ties between Israel and Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry informed the Israeli occupation army over the weekend that it has decided not to participate in a naval search-and-rescue exercise planned for next month.

Called Reliant Mermaid, the annual exercise began 10 years ago and included the Israeli, Turkish and American navies. The objective of the exercise is to practice search-and-rescue operations and to familiarize each navy with international partners who also operate in the Mediterranean Sea.

The exercise was held last summer despite the rift that erupted in Turkish-Israeli relations following Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. But defense officials told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the Israeli army had expected Turkey would cancel the planned drill following the raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla on May 31 that ended with nine dead Turkish nationals.

The officials said that the Israeli and American navies will still conduct the drill.

This is not the first time that the Turks have canceled joint drills with the Israeli occupation army. Last year, Israel was removed from the Anatolian Eagle air force exercise, days before it was scheduled to begin. As a result, the US Air Force also dropped out.

Until Operation Cast Lead, the IAF frequently flew in Turkish air space and participated in several annual exercises with its Turkish counterpart.

July 5, 2010 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism

1 Comment »

  1. Of course the first thing Israel does when anyone disagrees with its behavior is use that old canard…”anti-semitism”.
    Well the World should get over the fear of being called “Anti-Semitic”. Being referred to as “Anti-Semitic” should become a badge of honor, nobility even. As I see it being a true “Anti-Semite” means being opposed to the willful murder of Palestinian women and children and helpless old men. It means being opposed to the the imperial expansion of a tiny minority (Jews) in trying to rule the entire Middle East and threatening everyone who opposes them. Being “Anti-Semitic” means that one believes that Israel should be held to the same standards of civilized behavior that other nations observe. It means Israel should not be granted carte blanch to do anything it wants anytime it wants in violating international law.
    Again, all true Anti-Semites should wear that label as a badge of honor, courage, and nobility. Anti-Semitism must become the beacon call of honor and justice in the World.

    Comment by JimRich | July 5, 2010 | Reply


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