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Israel Is “Heart And Soul Of NATO’s Southeastern Flank”

Arutz Sheva
February 4, 2014

Turkey-Cyprus Clash Shows Israel ‘Defender of NATO’

A recent altercation in Cyprus has raised questions about NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) member Turkey. On Saturday, a Norwegian ship exploring for gas in the southern part of Cyprus was forced to leave the area by a Turkish warship.

The Norwegian vessel, MV Princess, was conducting its search for oil and gas on behalf of internationally-recognized Greek Cyprus, located in the southern part of the island. Turkey has refused to recognize Cyprus, forbidding it to search for oil and gas in waters that it claims belong to Turkish Cyprus, which is located in the north of the island and is only recognized by Turkey.

On Saturday evening, Turkey claimed the MV Princess entered a Turkish naval zone, where it was warned by the Turkish warship TCG Giresun and then forced out of the area, reports the Turkish news source Today’s Zaman.

Cyprus refused to deterred, announcing on Monday its intentions to complain to the UN over the incident. “This provocative behavior by Ankara in no way affects plans to exploit the hydrocarbons of our country,” declared a Cypriot government spokesman.

‘Israel is now the heart and soul of NATO’s southeastern flank’

Back in 2011, analyst Mark Langfan commented on the threats by Turkey against Cypriot exploration of natural resources, following a joint meeting between Israel, Greece and Cyprus.

At the time, Langfan remarked “people are now acknowledging energy issues in this region of the world with the gravitas that they deserve.” Langfan released a set of maps that can be seen here showing that Israel is NATO’s only line of defense from Islamic terrorism, as Cyprus and Greece are the nearest NATO-members.

“Without Israel’s order of battle and very existence, it would be impossible for NATO to defend Greece, let alone Cyprus, from a Turkish/Muslim Brotherhood tidal wave which would lay waste to everything in the eastern Mediterreanean,” argued Langfan. “Whether NATO likes it or not, Israel is now the heart and soul of NATO’s southeastern flank.”

The assessment comes just as Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman MahmoudAbbas has suggested that NATO should be left in charge of a future “Palestinian state,” replacing IDF control of Judea and Samaria.

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  1. rosemerry
    February 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Well Rick, I have read some weird articles in my time, and have heard very strange and fantastic suggestions about “security” but this really takes the cake. Surely “analyst Mark Langfan” means madman, or even worse. As for arutz sheva-I tried to link it but was too shocked to wait. Who/what is Ari Yashar and how did you locate such a bizarre post????
    The usual USI protests against Iran are bad enough!!


    • richardrozoff
      February 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      It was posted to demonstrate what certain establishment sectors are spinning as models or projects. Of course it was not intended to be endorsed,


    • richardrozoff
      February 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Though I’ve just deleted the last two paragraphs.


  2. rosemerry
    February 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Of course I know you were not endorsing it, but the map and its labels seemed excessive even by Likud et al standards. I looked up Langfan and found he is a NY Attorney!!! I am glad to read such examples of what we humans are up against!! Thanks.


    • richardrozoff
      February 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks. You’re correct that the entire piece is suspicious, but it seemed revealing in that it promoted Israel as a substitute for Turkey in policing the Arab world on behalf of NATO.
      Recall that NATO chieftain Rasmussen repeatedly refers to Turkey as “NATO’s southeastern border” and now Israel is identified as “guarding NATO’s southeastern flank.”
      The identify of the language used is anything but a coincidence.


  3. February 6, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Surely the reality is that there is no difference between the Oded Yinon Plan and NATO?


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