Al Manar

The Israeli navy will join a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) force patrolling the Mediterranean Sea as part of the “global war on terror,” a military spokesman said on Tuesday.

The spokesman confirmed a report by the Israeli daily Maariv newspaper which said the NATO headquarters last week approved the Israeli Navy’s inclusion in Operation Active Endeavour.

“The navy will participate in the activities,” the spokesman said.

The announcement came as a major boost to Israel just days after Turkey scrapped a joint aerial exercise that was to have included Israel, Maariv said.

Bilateral relations have taken a downturn since Israel launched a devastating military offensive in Gaza in December.

Operation Active Endeavour was launched one month after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
As part of the operation, NATO ships patrol the Mediterranean to monitor shipping “to help detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity,” according to the transatlantic alliance.

Task Force Endeavour consists of surface units, submarines and patrol aircraft and regularly uses frigate forces. Israel had first requested to deploy a vessel as part of the force two years ago to participate in the “global war on terror,” Maariv said.

“In Israel’s international situation today, with legitimacy for its military actions shrinking, even a patently minor development, such as the inclusion of an Israeli ship in the alliance’s naval police force, is big news,” the newspaper said.



8 Responses to “Israel to Join NATO Mediterranean Patrol as Part of War on Terror”  

  1. 1 Mark

    Has NATO started a new war against unarmed fishermen? Maybe a few family beaches need democratizing?

    Just what NATO needs, another good reason not to exist!

  2. 2 Hans Schneider

    This is like the fox being made the master of the henhouse. Israel has created more terror then any other country in postwar history.

  3. 3 anonymous

    Instead at playing at being a ‘big boy’ with NATO, perhaps Israel should send its navy to Iran and enforce the blockade that they incessantly shriek for, rather than expect US/UK to do it for them.

  4. 4 Mick McLennan

    When did “The Israeli Regime” Become a Member of ..N.A.T.O…???
    I Was Not Aware ….Well if this is the case maybe Israel could be subject to War Crimes Breaches Through NATO Obligations and Guidelines , Apart from The U.N
    and The Goldstone Report….
    Just as NATO was obliged to Ruthlessly “Persue Milosovich ”
    So NATO May Well “Be obligied” To Persue Israeli Institutions And Ministries…
    And NATO may Now Rightly Question The Israel Habit Of “Terrorizing” Gazan Fishermen As a ..”Breach of NATO rules of Engagement and Terrotorial Juristiction

    If Only Because Palestinian and International Human rights groups Aproach NATO
    Military Command Directly ..With a “report of Insubordination” of Doctrine and Guidelines …
    ha hah ha …With the Possiblilty of Court-Martials Of Israeli,s Via Internal (NATO Military) Means….
    Maybe
    Maybe…….
    Anythings Possible…..

  5. 5 Oskar

    Never leave any Nato vessels alone with the Israelis. Always travel in convoys. Nato ships should always be on full alert with their weapons loaded and pointing at the Israeli navy ships. Remember the U.S.S. LIBERTY !!

  6. Israel…the nation that never joins and plays by the rules BUT REQUIRES EVERYONE ELSE TO! Just like their worst kept 40 year old secret and growing Nuke Weapon stockpile and their Non-membership in the Nuclear NPT. THEY ARE THE BARRIER TO MIDEAST PEACE!! THEY ARE THE NATION WITH UNMONITORED NUKES! THEY ARE THE ROGUE NATION SNAKES THAT INVENTED FALSE FLAG PRETEXTS TO DRAW NATIONS INTO BATTLE AGAINST EACH OTHER WHILE THEY FUNDED AND ARMED BOTH SIDES!! ISRAEL IS ROTHSCHILD! ROTSCHILD IS PURE EVIL!! WHEN THE WORLD IS DONE WITH HIM WE WILL HAVE PEACE! SIMPLE AS THAT! REMEMBER OUR FALLEN FROM THE USS LIBERTY TO 911…AND ALL THE FALSE FLAGS AND FALSE WARS THEY HAVE INSTIGATED! THE TRUTH IS RISING AND IT WILL NOT BE STOPPED! THE LIARS WILL FALL AWAY!
    Excellent gallery of comments here, by the way!!

  7. So now Israel will have NATO cover as they continue to oppress Palestinian fisherman trying to live peacefully… Great.

  8. 8 Holocaust Gaza

    Nowadays the Holocaust victims would be the “terrorists”.

    This insanity is sponsored by a group of 15 thugs in the UN Security council. Boy, what could Hitler have done with the UN?


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