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Monday, February 06, 2012

Israel to station fighter jets in Cyprus?

Prime Minister Netanyahu is going to be visiting Cyprus later this month. One of the things that appears likely to come out of that visit is that Israel will station fighter jets on the island's territory.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit Greek Cyprus this month in what will be the first ever visit by an Israeli leader to the neighboring Mediterranean island. And, according to UPI, Nicosia is currently studying an Israeli request to station military aircraft in its territory.


In December 2010, Israel and Cyprus reached agreement demarcating the economic maritime border between them, an agreement denounced by Turkey as "madness." Recently, Cyprus's defense minister, Dimitris Eliades, visited Israel—another first—and signed an intelligence-cooperation agreement with his counterpart, Ehud Barak. The Cypriots are apparently interested in Israeli assistance in monitoring the air space above the gas fields and drilling equipment and in augmenting their (small) navy's patrols in their economic waters. Barak has asked the Cypriots to allow Israel to station aircraft in the Papandreu Air Base outside the town of Paphos in western Cyprus. And two months ago, the Israeli and Cypriot air forces held a joint exercise. It remains unclear whether Netanyahu’s visit to Israel’s long-troubled Mediterranean neighbor will be truly historic, but all signs point to a stronger alliance.
That might help to keep Turkey in check from trying to help Iran out. Hmmmm.



At 3:03 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Well, you guys will need to make a space where you can drill. I don't think the neighbors are just going to be civilized and leave you alone in your legal drilling zones.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

I can hardly wait for the axis of idiots in the west screaming about the "Jewish Empire".


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