In another sign of continued tensions between Ankara and Jerusalem, the Turkish military canceled a planned joint exercise with the Israel Air Force scheduled for this week.
Defense officials told the Post that Turkey informed Israel of the cancellation of the Anatolian Eagle exercise last week, which was to also include US, Italian and NATO forces, saying this was because the planes that Israel was going to send likely bombed Hamas targets during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip earlier this year.
According to reports over the weekend in the Turkish press, Ankara decided last week to cancel international participation in the annual air force exercise, in which Israel has taken part in several times in the past. The reports claimed that the move was aimed specifically at preventing the Israel Air Force from participating, an idea confirmed by the IDF Spokesman’s Office on Saturday night.
«The exercise was postponed due to a Turkish decision to change the composition of the participants and not allow the Israel Air Force to participate, a decision we were informed of only several days ago», read a statement from the IDF Spokesman’s Office.
“Ties between the countries are still tense, «explained one defense official. “The announcement about the cancellation was sudden and unexpected».
Source: Jerusalem Post.
That a NATO member and potential EU member now have boycotted the IDF, is another turn in the screw for the Jewish Nation. When Turkey has taken such an anti-Zionistic stand, other NATO-members like Norway will soon follow suit.
Norway would rather side with Islam, than to stand up to protect its own Christian roots founded in Judaism and the Jewish people.
For people who believe in Jesus as the Messiah, the Turkish boycott of the Israeli Air Force is another prophecy fulfilled in our days, and a fresh sign of that the return of the Messiah is just around the corner. But He will not come before all nations has risen against Israel. The Jewish people shall be forced to accept a false peace in the Middle East, that will only be a preparation for the final war as a bid to genocide the Jews. In this situation the chosen people of God will cry out to their God. And than the Messiah will come and save them. Amen.