NATO won't share data from Turkish radar with Israel?The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reports that data from the American-supplied x-band radar to be deployed in Turkey by NATO will not be shared with Israel. But is that really what NATO said? (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
NATO has announced that there is no agreement in place to share radar images obtained from the alliance’s missile defense radar system with Israel, countering Turkish fears that data from a station to be placed on its soil would be shared with Tel Aviv.It doesn't look like NATO is going to come right out and agree not to share data with Israel. And a statement like that is the last thing that US President Obama needs as we approach an election year.
“We do not have an agreement on data sharing with Israel in missile defense radar system,” NATO spokesman Damien Arnaud said Friday. Stating that NATO has an agreement on “keeping confidential data” with Mediterranean Dialogue members that include Israel, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Mauritania and Jordan, Arnaud said, “This means we can share confidential documents and data with these countries.”
Responding to a question on the topic, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: “I cannot make any comments on this type of operational details. However, I can assure you that we are sharing intelligence to protect our people as far as we can. This is the core of being an alliance.” On Sept. 9, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the early warning radar will be deployed in Kurecik near Malatya in the southeast.
Will NATO share data with Israel? As always, if they think it's appropriate. And when it comes to Iran, yes.