a reply to: F2d5thCavv2
It was always a ruse.
Adopt a western leaning public face, to benefit regionally.
Underneath the surface however the islamist nature of turkey always remained, the West just turned a blind eye.
It turned a blind eye largely because Jewish lobby groups particularly in America were in bed with the Turkish state. Plus during the Cold War Turkey,
along with Greece formed an important southern flank against the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact in eastern Europe.
Then the USSR collapsed, and US attention shifted to the Middle East. So Turkey filled a role there. Thats were the lobby groups fit in, creating the
narrative that Turkey was a valuable ally and Incirlik was indispensible.
The heavy amd growing favoritism by the US towards Turkey pushed Greece closer to the Arab world. An anomaly.
Greece, like Israel, is surrounded by hostile and semi hostile countries who want a piece.
Greece and Israel, with Cyprus, should be natural allies especially these days as they face the same belligerent Turkey. They are two small
democracies in a sea of #.
But we all know US foreign policy doesnt always follow or allow for logical outcomes.
Thankfully, for the time being, we are seeing a change and a shift to a Greek-Israeli axis with Washingtons blessing basically. Hopefully this
alliance grows, politically, economically, and in the defence sphere as well. Theres been some defence cooperation so far.
No secret that Israel is one of the top uav manufactures. Little known fact that Greece worked on and developed UAVs as far back as the 1970's. There
was even cooperation or a joint project with Northrop I believe.
Greeces shipyards are being restored and some of the results so far are impressive. Theres designs/plans for a corvette, frigate and even destroyer.
Israel has its small corvettes. The two should get together and do joint projects, particularly in the naval field. But even more so in the high tech
defence sector, I think most people would be surprised with what both already do and can do, and what they could do together.
Greece is putting a rover on the moon in a few years. Israel tried to land something on the moon.
Theres huge potential for cooperation together in many many fields. With and without US participation too.
edit on 25-8-2019 by mortex because:
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