Israeli Participation in Upcoming NATO Summit? (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 05/01/12)
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The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has called on the US government
to get Turkey´s veto lifted on Israel´s participation in an upcoming
NATO Summit in Chicago, Today’s Zaman reported on Sunday.
AJC President Robert Elman and AJC Executive Director David Harris
wrote a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday
saying that the US should not allow Israel, its “most reliable and
capable ally in the region,” to be ostracized due to Turkey´s
“[I]t is our hope that … the political position of one member of this
vital 28-nation alliance will not be allowed to hinder strategically
advantageous cooperation with Israel -- the Middle East´s sole
democracy,” Elman and Harris asserted.
“Israel has a unique perspective, and can offer unique insights, on a
range of strategic developments on NATO´s doorstep, including
instability in Syria, the continuing threat posed by Iran´s
undeterred drive for nuclear weapons capability and political
transitions across North Africa,” they added.
Turkey has vetoed Israel’s participation in the upcoming NATO summit
scheduled to take place in Chicago and has maintained that NATO-
Israel relations cannot be restored until Turkey-Israel relations are
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey will not allow
Israel, a member of the Mediterranean Dialogue, to take part in the
alliance´s new Partnership Cooperation Menu (PCM).
Furthermore, Ankara has objected to EU participation in the Chicago
summit unless the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is also
authorized to participate. “If non-NATO members are also
participating, the OIC should be represented [at the Chicago summit]
first and foremost,” a Turkish diplomatic source told Today´s Zaman
last week. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/01/12)
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