"Israel Seeking to Station Strike Force in Turkey"
British Sunday Times reports that Israel's National Security Advisor Amidror
to meet with Turkish officials to convince them to allow the stationing of a
base and training facilities in Turkish territory in exchange for advanced
Against the background of the reconciliation between Israel and Turkey, the
British newspaper Sunday Times is reporting today that Israel intends to ask
Turkey to station a base and training facilities in its territory, from
which it could operate in the event that it will have to attack Iran.
In exchange, Israel will transfer advanced missile systems and observation
technologies to Turkey. According to the reports, Turkey is interested in
the Arrow interception system as well as electro-optic systems produced by
El-Op, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems.
Discussions will begin this week between the two countries, during which
Israel's National Security Advisor, Ya'akov Amidror, will arrive to Ankara
and will attempt to convince Turkey to agree to the stationing of a
strategic strike force at the Turkish Akinci airbase, located northeast of
Ankara. Amidror is expected to offer Turkey an advanced electronic warfare
system produced by Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
Amidror will also attempt to finalize the details of the reimbursement
agreement with Turkey for the families of the nine Turkish civilians killed
during the Marmara incident of May 2010.
Prior to the rift between the countries, the IAF trained in Turkey's
airspace and used the Akinci airbase, and Turkish pilots trained in Israeli
facilities in Israel's Negev region.