[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: While this report is via an Iranian news agency
quoting a Turkish daily, it should be noted that Turkish boats anchor at
Haifa Port and goods are trucked across to Jordan. We also have extremely
heavy traffic in the reverse direction. Keep in mind that Syria is in
shambles so we are the safe route. There are plans that the rail line being
worked on that crosses in the north will ultimately provide freight service
from Jordan to Haifa Port.]
Turkey 4th Exporter of Goods to Israel, Says Turkish Daily
TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (MNA - The Iranian Mehr News Agency) A Turkish daily
reported that following the straining of Turkey- Israel relations after the
killing of Turk citizens in flotilla attack, Turkey and Israel have resumed
their former relations secretly.
According to Mehr News Agency, Turkish daily Yeni Asya wrote yesterday that
Turkey- Israel relation is resuming its former path behind the closed doors;
deployment of missile shield radar in Kurecik military base in Malatya, a
southern province has a definite objective: defending Israel against Iran.
Other cooperation includes Patriot deployment near borders with Syria.
Al Alam, the Arabic TV news network, reported that a bridge over the sea
connects Askenderunharbor to Israeli port city of Haifa and facilitates
transport of trucks from Turkey to Occupied Territories, Jordan, and other
Persian Gulf countries.
The bridge was constructed after Turkey closed its borders with Syria, and
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prime minister, criticized Egypt over the country's
position on invasion of Gaza, and Ahmet Davutoglu cried for the victims in
Yeni Asya also revealed that Hakan Fidan, head of Turkey's National
Intelligence Organization (MAT) had meetings with head of Musad to boost
intelligence cooperation with Israel.
Israeli-Turkish relations were strained after Israeli IDF forces killed 9
peace activists in Turkey's flotilla, Mavi Marmara. According to this
report, the detente is not limited to intelligence, and political relations
also on the card between these traditionally-allied countries.
Yeni Asya also wrote that Erdogan criticizes Israel, and at the same time,
holds secret diplomatic and intelligence meetings with Israel. A 58-per cent
rise in Israeli exports to Turkey and 42-per cent rise in Turkey export to
Israel have made Turkey the 4th largest exporter to Israel.