Saturday, June 05, 2010

Turkish air, sea, land forces mass in northern Cyprus

Hype? or fact? Remains to be seen. The screws of war seem turned tight. That is Cyprus near Turkey-Syria.
Only a Turkish patrol ship is circling the area near the Gaza coast, but is not entering Israeli territorial waters.
There is no sign of readiness on the part of the Turkish navy to provide escorts to aid ships making their way to the Gaza coast.
The patrol ship is only in observation mode - for the time being.

Jun 4 Turkey and Israel on the Brink of War or New Ship Intifada?
Turkey prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a radical islamist and anti-Israel, and denies Hamas is a terror group. Turkish generals
are drawing up plans to break Israel's Gaza blockade and avenge 9 deaths, while Israel is bound by its war on terror to thwart them.
Debka sources reports that Turkish air, sea, land forces mass in northern Cyprus 150 km from Israel.
Turkish PM Erdogan is beating his drums of war on Israel.

Early Wednesday, June 2, Barack Obama asked Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to release all the remaining passengers
without delay as well as the 6 ships from the May 30-31 encounter at sea.

Erdogan declared that if America did not punish Israel Turkey would. OUCH
The Turkish ship Marmara, the flotilla's lead vessel, had been commandeered by terrorists supported by Turkey.

When it comes to war between Turkey and Israel, what about NATO? Turkey is member of the NATO since 1952
and is an important ally of the NATO in the War on Terror.
Article 5, the cornerstone of the alliance, says an armed attack against any of the allies in Europe or North America
shall be considered an attack against them all. It commits NATO members to take the necessary measures, including the use of force, to restore security.

HOWEVER, Turkey has recently become part of the Syria-Iran-Hizballah-Hamas bloc and when war breaks out between Turkey and Israel.
Israel could be faced with a northern front in Israel, Lebanon (Hizballah) and Syria as well, and in de Gaza Strip with Hamas.
And than there's the possibility of a new Intifada within the Israeli borders and the West Bank.

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again threatened Israel with destruction for any action it may take anywhere and its Western supporters with international trial as war criminals.16 Iranian President Ahmadinejad “vowed Friday to keep supporting the Palestinian militant group Hamas until the “collapse of Israel.” Given the close ties between Iran and Hamas, it would be irrational simply to dismiss the possibility that Iran (once it has a nuclear weapons capability) would contribute to that collapse by supplying Hamas with a suitable tactical nuclear device.17


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