|PRESENT & CLEAR DANGER|
|Saturday, 12 June 2010 13:25|
Iran openly declared that one of its foreign policy objectives is the destruction of Israel. However, as it does not share a common border with Israel, any military action would be from the air. Israel is capable of defending itself from such a hostile act by Iran. We maintain Israel has the right to unleash a preemptive strike to ensure its very existence.
The situation for Turkey is different. It is much closer to Israel and has maintained a military force in northern Cyprus after its illegal invasion and occupation of the island. From Cyprus, Turkey’s planes can reach Israel in minutes and its land forces in a couple of hours. No one knows the likelihood of such actions.
However, Mr. Davutoglou declared that Cyprus is very important to implementing Turkey’s plans in the Middle East. What policies does Turkey want to implement? It is situated in a hub of Muslim countries. It is apparent which country is Turkey’s closest enemy.
Given recent events in the area, the presence of fifty thousand Turkish soldiers, ships, and planes – whose numbers Turkey can easily and quickly increase - a few miles off the coast of Israel constitutes a “PRESENT & CLEAR DANGER” for the Jewish State.
It is imperative the United States demand Turkey to withdraw its military forces from Cyprus and end the illegal occupation of a large portion of the island, which is a member of the EU.
Turkey may have actual, tacit or explicit support from the United States to continue its brutal occupation of Cyprus. However, the presence of Turkish troops in Cyprus does not serve the best interests of the United States and now presents a formidable threat for Israel.