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Israel - NATO (200x200)Israel to open permanent office at NATO HQ, five years after Turkey blocked move

by Herb Keinon | May 4, 2016

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.

“This is something we worked on for many years,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. “I think this is important to Israel’s standing in the world.


“The announcement comes after lengthy Israeli diplomatic efforts by the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the National Security Agency. Israel wants to thank its allies in the organization for their support and efforts on the issue,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.


Netanyahu called the move an “important step” that will enhance Israel’s security.

NATO’s treaty obligates the member states to militarily defend one another in time of attack, but that does not extend to the alliance’s some 40 partner countries. (Read More)


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