by Shoshana Bryen NATO’s snub of Israel — a “major non-NATO ally” and member of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue — in its Chicago summit this weekend was simply waved away. “Israel is neither a participant in ISAF nor in KFOR (Afghanistan and Kosovo missions),” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Israel didn’t belong there, and that’s that. In the same press conference, however, Rasmussen acknowledged that thirteen other “partner” nations would attend because “[i]n today’s world security challenges know no borders, and no country or alliance can deal with most of them on their own.”
Perhaps he, or someone, believes that Israel has nothing to contribute to meeting “today’s security challenges.”
Pundits quickly assumed that Turkey — a full NATO member — had vetoed Israel’s participation, as it vetoed IDF participation in NATO exercises in the Mediterranean. Rasmussen denied it — and maybe he’s right, because that’s not the only place where Israel is having trouble with its presumed military partners.
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