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Turkey Negatively Affects NATO’s Operational Capabilities

Turkey’s diplomatic campaigns against Israel are negatively affecting NATO’s operational capabilities, according to [1] Israeli Deputy National Security Chief Eran Lerman. Turkish officials have blocked Israeli participation in a range of international cooperative programs, including counterterrorism forums [2]and forums dedicated to promoting renewable energy [3]. By limiting Israeli participation in NATO exercises – a move that Turkish Prime Minister Recap Tayyip Erdogan recently boasted about [4] – Turkey risks alienating American officials who view the alliance as critical to American efforts to project power into the eastern Mediterranean.