Report: Turkish frigates to confront Israeli ships in Mediterranean

September 16, 2011 in Middle East Peace

12 September 2011

Turkish frigate TCG Giresun is seen near Turkey’s Aksaz naval base in this June 2009 file photo. (Photo: AA)

“The Turkish Navy is planning to dispatch three frigates to the Eastern Mediterranean to ensure freedom of navigation and to confront Israeli warships if necessary, a Turkish news report said on Monday.

The Turkish frigates, to be dispatched by the Navy’s Southern Sea Area Command, will provide protection to civilian ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, blockaded by Israel since 2007, the Turkish daily Sabah reported. If the Turkish warships encounter an Israeli military ship outside Israel’s 12-mile territorial waters, they will advance up to 100 meters close to the ship and disable its weapon system, in a confrontation that resembles dogfights in the Aegean Sea with Greek jet fighters, according to the report.”

Glenn Beck has been warning that the Middle East Crisis has entered a new phase. Turkey had been a staunch ally of the West since joining NATO in 1952 and  in 1996 they became the first Muslim Country  to ever sign a  Mutual Defense cooperation agreement with Israel. Relations with Israel began to fade when the Islamic Justice and Development Party came into power in 2002, headed by  Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Islamic Fundamentalists had been seeking to overthrow the Turkish Government for decades. However, the military has acted as guarantor of  Turkey’s secular republic since being entrusted with that power in 1923 by Musta Kemal Ataturk , the” Father of Modern Turkey”.

However,  in 2003 after being elected, Prime Minister,   Recep Tayyip Erdoga began moving Turkey away from a secular republic, towards a Muslim Theocracy. Fearing a military coup, he  was very careful not to move forward to quickly or to recklessly . Then on April 8th of this year, Recep Tayyip Erdog was able to appoint new senior generals, friendly  to his cause,  in a move seen as consolidating his control over the military.

This is the backdrop and the reason why placing 3 frigates outside of  Israeli waters  is fraught with danger  and could lead to military  confrontation at any moment.  Read more here:

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