Turkey Vetoes Israel for NATO Summit

Western diplomats have confirmed to a Turkish newspaper that the Turkish government—led by Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan—has vetoed Israel’s participation in next month’s NATO summit in May. The move has not gone over well within NATO:

Turkey’s blockage against Israel was brought to the table during the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on April 18, the Daily News learned. Some ministers of the allied countries including the United States, France and Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen indirectly criticized Turkey for bringing its bilateral problems with Israel to the NATO platform. Some ministers went so far as to vow to veto the participation of Egypt, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco and other partner countries in the activities of the Mediterranean Dialogue if Turkey continues to do so against Israel, something they called “a violation of NATO’s values.”

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