Turkish Report: Israel to Deploy ´20,000 Commandos´ to Cyprus (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 05/21/12)
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Israel plans to deploy no less than 20,000 ´commandos´ in Greek
Cyprus in order to protect its energy projects in the region, the
Anatolian News Agency reported Sunday.
The report, which appears somewhat doubtful to observers familiar
with the size of Israel´s military, adds that at least 30,000 Israeli
workers and their families will move to Limassol to work on planned
joint Israeli-Cypriot projects.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Cypriot Prime Minister
Dimitris Christofias on February 16 to discuss the countriesí joint
The Anatolian News Agency claims that although the content of the
meeting remains confidential, it has learned new details about the
meeting, quoting a senior Cypriot source who claims that Christofias
president asked Netanyahu to persuade Israeli businessmen to suspend
investment in the Turkish-controlled part of the island.
Only Turkey recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Netanyahu also reportedly offered to undertake all expenses needed to
extract natural gas found in the Mediterranean. In exchange for his
offer, the prime minister asked that all of the 10,000 personnel that
would work at the plant be brought in from Israel with their
families, increasing the number of Israeli citizens in the area to
To meet the security arrangements created by such a large number of
Israelis, Netanyahu proposed that 20,000 soldiers would protect the
civilians and energy facilities. "The Israelis are coming, and they
are here to stay," the Anatolian News Agency quoted the official as
saying. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/21/12)
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