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On Sunday, Israeli daily the Jerusalem Post reported that NATO has approved Israel’s request to continue country’s participation at NATO courses, conferences and military excercises during year 2013. The approval was result of Ankara’s easing of opposition to Israeli request.

“The approval had come as Turkey’s request that NATO station Patriot missile batteries along its border with Syria was granted, leading them to assess that NATO was using the deployment as leverage to induce Ankara to thaw its relations with Israel,” reported the daily.

NATO agreed to send Patriots to Turkey with Germany, the Netherlands and the United States having offered to provide two Patriot batteries each. The six batteries are expected to reach Turkey by the end of this month and will be operating by the mid of next month.

However, Turkey will maintain its ban on joint military manoeuvres, and Ankara has reserved the right to bar activities with Israel on its own soil.

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday that the Syrian military had fired more Scud-type missiles inside the country, justifying NATO’s decision to dispatch Patriot anti-missile systems to NATO ally Turkey – a deployment criticized by Syria, Iran, Russia and China.

Turkey is the only Muslim full member of NATO. The Zionist entity in not full member of NATO but it holds, like at the European Union, a very privilege status of “partnership”. The Zionist entity is a NATO partner but was excluded from many of NATO’s activities due to Turkey’s objections since 2010, when Jewish commandos killed nine Turks on board the Mavi Marmara flotilla, according to NATO officials

Last year, Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) had urged NATO member-nations to accept Israel as a full member for Israel’s survival. “NATO membership would send a strong signal to other countries not to take on Israel,” said Lauder.

On December 4, NATO foreign ministers in a meeting in Brussels agreed to Ankara’s request to deploy Patriot missile batteries along its border with Syria.

Most Middle East military analyst believe that NATO deploy of Patriot missile batteries along Turkish-Syrian border has nothing to do with a possible attack by Syrian MIGs as there is no chance Syrian will attack Turkey unless provoked by Turkey. The batteries, in reality, are meant to protect Israel from Hizballah rockets and Iranian fighter-jets.

“There is absolutely no likelihood that Syria is going to attack Turkey. These batteries could be the first step to direct NATO military intervention in Syria or a part (US-Israel) game planned for Iran,” says professor Jeremy Salt (Bilkent University, Ankara).

On December 12, Stephen M. Walt challenged Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s claim of Syrian firing scuds. On December 15, General Hassan Firouzabadi, Iran’s army chief of staff warned NATO that stationing Patriot batteries in Turkey was setting the stage for the next world war.

“Patriot missiles are a defence line for the Zionists and a result of the West’s concerns over Iran’s missiles and Russia’s presence to defend Syria. Western countries approve the deployment of Patriots on the Syria-Turkey border as they design a world war,” said Gen. Firouzabadi.

The Jewish-owned Washington Post reoprted on December 4: “Patriots are as effective against aircraft as they are against missiles, and deploying the system at the border could be instrumental in quickly carving out a 25-mile buffer zone.”

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