Israel will ask Cyprus to station Israel Air Force fighter jets at a military facility on the island, news reports in Cyprus reported on Tuesday.
According to the reports, Israel will make the request during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Cyprus later this month. It is unclear if the request will be to station a permanent presence on the island or to establish a base that can provide logistical support for the IAF during operations in the region.
It is possible that Israel is seeking to establish a base in Cyprus to be able to more effectively protect the growing number of gas fields it is discovering in the Mediterranean Sea.
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