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THE ISRAEL-TURKEY ALLIANCE IS A TRAP - WILL ISRAEL REALIZE IT?

BY JOEL HILLIKER

Jan 09. Among the many truths the war in Gaza exposed, here is one: Israel’s alliance with Turkey is a trap.

Israel inked a mutual defense agreement with Turkey in 1996. Among its benefits, the deal linked the two countries’ militaries in joint training, provided Israeli arms to Turkey ($2 billion worth as of 2007) and granted Israel’s air force over-flight privileges.

Far more, the deal gave Israel a much-needed, highly respected ally in a neighborhood full of enemies. Those itching to pick a fight with Israel simply haven’t been eager to contend with Turkey’s million-man army, the second-largest force in NATO after the United States. The Islamic Affairs Analyst went so far as to say that Israel’s foes—most notably Iran—respected Turkey enough that the Jewish state’s survival was all but assured as long as the pact held up.

But there’s the rub. Just a glance at events in the past couple of years shows that this deterrent effect has weakened. Israel’s enemies have started to turn loose.

Not coincidentally, over that same period, Turkey has shifted from being a hedge against those enemies to actually supporting them. Nothing made this clearer than did the Gaza conflict.

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