Israeli Navy Ship 311.
(photo credit: Jorge Guerra Moreno)
NATO said on Friday that it is still considering an Israeli request to
contribute missile ships to a naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea, despite
opposition by Turkey.
NATO’s announcement came in response to an
exclusive Jerusalem Post report that Turkish opposition had torpedoed an Israeli
plan to contribute a missile ship to Active Endeavor, an operation launched
after 9/11 to patrol the Mediterranean and share information concerning
terrorism and suspicious ships.
revealed that Turkey decided to
oppose Israel’s participation in the operation following the Israel Navy raid on
a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010 during which nine Turkish nationals were
According to Today’s Zaman
, NATO said that Israel’s offer was
still being evaluated. The paper also quoted a Turkish Foreign Ministry official
who confirmed that Turkey had succeeded in preventing Israel from participating
in the mission.