Declaration of War on Israel … Sort of

“Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations.” – Yasser Arafat

In an unfortunate turn of events, Turkey, a member of NATO, has all but declared war on Israel. OK, maybe they didn’t declare war. They declared that they would escort blockade runners attempting to breach the Israeli security zone around the Gaza strip. The exact nature of the declaration is a little fuzzy to me. In one account they are just aiding blockade runners. In another (from the boys over at http://www.debka.com) the intent is to engage any Israeli vessels found outside the 12 mile territorial water zone.

If this latter translation is correct, this is all but a declaration of war, and by a NATO state nonetheless. “We are not invading, but if we find your military out of your home territory we will engage.” OK, that’s my inference. The actual quote from the Turkish Prime Minister was this: “If Turkish warships encounter an Israeli military ship outside Israel’s 12-mile territorial waters, they will advance up to 100 meters from the ship and disable its weapon system.”

Boy, this is a pickle. I mean, the US, and many, many of its citizens and military personnel have a religious conviction about not going to war against Israel. Then again, Turkey is a member of NATO.

Needless to say, the landscape is changing at a swift pace for Israel, and it doesn’t appear that the new “regimes” are more inclined for peace than the old ones.

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