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New Israeli Radar System in Crete to Monitor Eastern Mediterranean Basin

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Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 - 12:15

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (L) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (2L) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R), during the 5th Israel-Greece-Cyprus summit on December 20, 2018 (AFP)
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Israel, Greece, and Cyprus will hold a tripartite summit on Thursday in Tel Aviv to discuss military cooperation and the laying of a gas pipeline from Israel to Europe.

The military cooperation between the three countries led to the development of a new long horizon marine radar system in eastern Crete, with the enhanced coverage of the new surface radar to monitor the Eastern Mediterranean basin.

Israeli sources said the meeting will bring together Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades along with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The new surface radar will be able to track at long range, beyond the horizon, and both Israel and Greece will have access to its enhanced coverage.

“This will bring vast revenue to state coffers that will be directed to the benefit of Israel’s citizens,” Netanyahu said.

Relations between Jerusalem and Athens have grown closer in recent years, according to sources in Tel Aviv. Military and economic issues are crucial in these ties, with particular attention paid to exploiting both countries’ gas reserves.

This cooperation was reflected on Greece’s political positions, as Athens softened its stance on the Palestinian issue in international bodies.

In 2015, Israel had participated in wide-range military exercises in Greece including a training against a Russian-supplied S-300 anti-missile system, ahead of the possible deployment of the system in Syria and Iran.

Israel and Cyprus also have numerous shared regional interests, including the security situation in Syria and Lebanon as well as the complicated relations with Turkey.

Both countries have large gas reserves in their territorial waters and a desire to export gas to Europe together with Greece, an important strategic gateway to the continent.

European countries signed with Israel in 2017 the joint declaration to enhance the work aimed at extending the sea line to transport Israeli gas to Europe within the next 8 years.

The 2,000-kilometer underwater pipeline is intended to have a capacity of 12 billion cubic meters of gas annually. The project includes the construction of a 1,300 km long submarine pipeline from the East Mediterranean gas field to southern Greece, as well as a 600 km long pipeline to western Greece, linking existing pipelines to transport gas to Italy and other EU countries.

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The Zionists are now conspiring against the Turks quite openly now. There was a time when they pretended to be the friends of the Turks despite supporting the PKK.

I think the logical move would be for Turkey to have a more closer relationship, if not an alliance, with Iran and Pakistan. Turkey is also in a position to support Lebanon against Israeli theft of their gas fields. Its also time to recognise North Cyprus as a separate entity or part of Turkey.
 

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The Zionists are now conspiring against the Turks quite openly now. There was a time when they pretended to be the friends of the Turks despite supporting the PKK.

I think the logical move would be for Turkey to have a more closer relationship, if not an alliance, with Iran and Pakistan. Turkey is also in a position to support Lebanon against Israeli theft of their gas fields. Its also time to recognise North Cyprus as a separate entity or part of Turkey.

Selling high resolution satellite images of their nuclear facilities and military installations, While establishing a long range radar base in N. Cyprus to monitor the all their actions, will be more than enough to make them cry so their radar in crete would mean one more target for Turkish cruise missiles in crisis times. This small state is spoiled by West but they do not have who they are messing with so they seek attention in region, nothing more.
 
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The Zionists are now conspiring against the Turks quite openly now. There was a time when they pretended to be the friends of the Turks despite supporting the PKK.

I think the logical move would be for Turkey to have a more closer relationship, if not an alliance, with Iran and Pakistan. Turkey is also in a position to support Lebanon against Israeli theft of their gas fields. Its also time to recognise North Cyprus as a separate entity or part of Turkey.
Turkey is so strong now that that radar has no value... it will be very easy target in case of war..
 

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They can build as much Radar stations as they want.

Without Turkey and KKTC on the boat, they can shove their Energy plans in each others butt****.
 

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Why Israel involved everywhere? In every article I read there is Israeli ambassodor or Israeli PM meeting someone. And in every case US official is also on sidelines.
 

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Selling high resolution satellite images of their nuclear facilities and military installations, While establishing a long range radar base in N. Cyprus to follow the all their actions to warn Lebonan, Syria will be more than enough to make them cry so their radar in crete would mean one more target for Turkish cruise missiles in crisis times. This small state is spoiled by West so they seek attention in region, nothing more.
Actually... They have no idea what's coming.
 
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The thing about this radar is Turkey doesnt even need to use cruise missiles, as Turkish made cheap HGK kits will be able to hit it as it close.. They just show off that they also do something but it doesnt really matter in case of real conflict
 

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They are waging a war against turkey but erdogan will destroy all their lies INSHAHALLH
They are not waging war against Turkey ,Israel has more affinities with the Turks and Erdogan than they have with Arab States ..Erdogan will always on the side of Israel..don’t let the chicken bickering between him and Natanyahu fool you...
For the Radar, it is not aimed at Turkey, it mostly directed to Europeen countries with big immigrant population that is changing those countries laws in regard to Israel and to a North Africa that still very réfractaire to anything that is Israel...
 

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They are not waging war against Turkey ,Israel has more affinities with the Turks and Erdogan than they have with Arab States ..Erdogan will always on the side of Israel..don’t let the chicken bickering between him and Natanyahu fool you...
For the Radar, it is not aimed at Turkey, it mostly directed to Europeen countries with big immigrant population that is changing those countries laws in regard to Israel and to a North Africa that still very réfractaire to anything that is Israel...
Ceylal sorry friend this is ridiculous statement and opinion.
 

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A photograph of Turkish commandos unfurling Turkish flag on the seabed off the naval base of Souda in Crete :D
 

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Ceylal sorry friend this is ridiculous statement and opinion.
No it is not..That is the reality...and the future will tell us a lot more , since the Eastern part of the Med is changing fast..and two major power will emerge from it..Israel and Turkey and the emergence of the two state will be under the magnifying glass of the EU...and that is one use of that radar...keeping an eye on Europe...and North Africa (Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco)
 

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This tiny Israel is progressing very fast. How it is able to defend it's land from dozens of enemies. Layers, layers of defense system, any enemy will think 100 times before attacking Israel.
 

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All paid for with a yearly gift of $8bn from good old USA taxpayer
This tiny Israel is progressing very fast. How it is able to defend it's land from dozens of enemies. Layers, layers of defense system, any enemy will think 100 times before attacking Israel.
 

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