A US marine is seen at a joint drill with Israeli and Turkish navy in 1998.
Turkey partially lifted its veto on Israel’s participation in NATO
partnership programs, in response to some NATO
members’ lifting of vetoes on partnership activities with Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and countries in the Balkans and Caucasus, diplomatic sources have said.
Despite their unresolved disputes, Turkey lifted its blockade on Israel’s participation in non-military NATO
activities in 2013, such as meetings and workshops. The reconciliation was initiated by NATO
Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a recent meeting of NATO
foreign ministers two weeks ago in Brussels. No encounter
However, Turkey stressed that Turkish and Israeli soldiers would never encounter each other during any NATO
As retaliation against Turkey’s veto of Israel
in cooperation mechanisms within NATO, some members of the Alliance excluded other partnership countries from similar mechanisms in 2012. Turkey vetoed Israeli participation in joint air drills in Konya last year, as well as Israel’s participation in a May 2012 NATO
summit held in Chicago.
Turkey says unless Israel
issues a formal apology for the killing of nine Turks in a raid on the Mavi Marmara ship in 2012, pays compensation to the families of the victims and lifts a blockade on the Gaza Strip, Ankara
will continue to block Israel’s participation in any NATO