Israel denies claims of troop deployment to Greek Cyprus
An Israeli soldier stands guard during clashes with Palestinians protesting against land confiscations for the expansion of the Jewish Hallamish settlement in the occupied West Bank near Ramallah on April 6, 2012. AFP photoIsrael's Foreign Ministry has denied a report that claimed the country hoped to deploy as many as 20,000 commandos to Greek Cyprus to protect nationals working on energy projects.
Anatolia news agency reported yesterday that Israel had proposed to Greek Cyprus that it deploy soldiers on the island to protect future energy projects and Israeli citizens who would work on the projects.
Israel denied the report in a written statement, saying the claims were "baseless and disconnected from reality."
"Israel has never sent troops to any other country in its history," the statement said, adding that it should be questioned why such a report was prepared by Anatolia in the first place.