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Report: Israel will ask to station IAF jets in Cyprus
Ynet news.com ^

Posted on 02/07/2012 7:20:55 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki

Report: Israel will ask to station IAF jets in Cyprus

Israeli officials tell Xinua news agency possibility of offshore airbase will be raised during Netanyahu's upcoming visit to neighboring island

Ynet

Israeli and Cypriot officials are planning to discuss allowing the Israeli Air Force to station jets in the neighboring island, Chinese news agency Xinua reported Tuesday.

The issue will be raised during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled visit to Cyprus later this month, Xinua quoted Israeli officials as saying.

According to the report, an Israeli embassy official told the Cyprus Mail in January that Netanyahu "will come to Cyprus to emphasize the good relations between the two countries and to strengthen the bilateral relations, which are already good."

Xinua said the Cypriot OnlyCy.com website reported that in September 2011 Israel asked Cyprus to permit stationing its aircraft at the Andreas Papandreou airbase in Paphos.

However, an Israeli official told the Chinese news agency this week that the prospect of stationing planes in Cyprus "is at the exploratory stage - it's not clear if it will or won't happen."

The official was quoted as saying that a potential offshore airbase "is an existing option, and we're investigating the possibility," but cautioned that such an agreement "isn't totally sewn up."

In January, Israel and Cyprus signed two defense agreements which Cypriot Minister

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cyprus; iaf; iran; israel

1 posted on 02/07/2012 7:21:01 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
If this happens, big if, the Turks are going to $#!t bricks. If you wanted to send the Turks Islamist government into a barking mad frenzy this is one of the best ways I can think of to do it.
2 posted on 02/07/2012 7:26:03 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: GonzoGOP

Yes, and that is why I love this idea. And now Syria has to watch their back side..... LOL


3 posted on 02/07/2012 7:38:52 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: GonzoGOP

“If this happens, big if, the Turks are going to $#!t bricks.”

Good - let them worry for a change.

“If you wanted to send the Turks Islamist government into a barking mad frenzy this is one of the best ways I can think of to do it.”

But positively the best way is to demand that they give territory/reparations to the Armenians for the genocide that their great grandfathers committed during WW1.


4 posted on 02/07/2012 7:50:11 AM PST by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: Ancesthntr

How far back should reparations go?


5 posted on 02/07/2012 7:54:19 AM PST by Sawdring
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6 posted on 02/07/2012 8:15:39 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: GonzoGOP

You are of course correct on that. The Turks are gonna absolutely freak. Perhaps Israel is thinking of offering in exchange a bailout to the Greeks instead.


7 posted on 02/07/2012 9:33:20 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: GonzoGOP

I can see the Israelis establishing a air/naval base in Cyprus, in exchange for the Greek Cypriots getting Israeli backing in any future conflict with the Turks. The Turks would freak, yes.


8 posted on 02/07/2012 9:43:44 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (I'd agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.)
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To: Sawdring

I was talking about what would put the Turks into a mad frenzy, not seriously suggesting that there be reparations to the families of those who’ve been dead for nearly 100 years.

Heck, the Turk bastards won’t even admit that a genocide took place, and they go berzerk whenever so free nation’s legislature tries to pass a condemnation of them for not admitting it and apologizing for it. I guess that the Turks just think that they have the right to murder whoever they want, even most of an entire people, without anyone else even calling them on it. Scumbags!


9 posted on 02/07/2012 10:25:00 AM PST by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: Ancesthntr

If the Turks were made to pay for what their great, great grandfathers made their great grandfathers do I should be expecting a check from Charlemagne’s decedents because they Christianized my Viking ancestors and put many to the blade who would not give up their Norse gods. On the other hand don’t tell any Irish, English and pretty much anyone who lived on a coast line within a 1000 miles of Norway I have Viking ancestors.


10 posted on 02/07/2012 11:22:45 AM PST by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring

Again, I’m not calling for the Turks to pay actual reparations. Read my first and second posts again - I only said that the mere act of calling for such would make them go bark-at-the-moon nuts.

Regarding some kind of time limit for reparations, I’d agree. I would venture to say that literally ever human being alive today (which is to say, all humans now and forever into the future) are descended from slaves, since slavery was practiced everywhere in the world at some point. Since it is literally impossible to figure out who owes whom what amount of compensation, to say nothing of the morality of making children pay for their parents’ crimes, such simply cannot be done. Maybe a good cut-off is when the last survivor of whatever event being discussed passes away.


11 posted on 02/07/2012 12:15:42 PM PST by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: Sawdring

Again, I’m not calling for the Turks to pay actual reparations. Read my first and second posts again - I only said that the mere act of calling for such would make them go bark-at-the-moon nuts.

Regarding some kind of time limit for reparations, I’d agree. I would venture to say that literally ever human being alive today (which is to say, all humans now and forever into the future) are descended from slaves, since slavery was practiced everywhere in the world at some point. Since it is literally impossible to figure out who owes whom what amount of compensation, to say nothing of the morality of making children pay for their parents’ crimes, such simply cannot be done. Maybe a good cut-off is when the last survivor of whatever event being discussed passes away.


12 posted on 02/07/2012 12:19:57 PM PST by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Cyprus has long been a strategic key to “Outre-mar”, the Holy Land.

King Richard the Lionhearted brought the island under Crusader control on his way to the 3rd Crusade.

Guy of Lusignon married into the Royal family of the Kingdom of Jerusalem because he was such a hot looking guy, his cousin Joscelin sent for him all the way from France because he thought he could seduce the sister of Baldwin (the Leper King) - Baldwin could not produce heirs - so the husband of his sister would be the next King of Jerusalem.

Picking a King based upon a pretty face turned out to be a disaster - King Guy listened to the idiotic advice of fanatical Templar Knights instead of the practical advice of Raymond of Tripoli - lost a huge battle, lost Jerusalem, and was captured.

Saladin paid Guy the ultimate insult and released him without ransom after a year - knowing it would throw a monkey wrench in Conrad of Montferrat’s plan to unite all the Crusaders under his command.

Not allowed into the city of Tyre, Guy decided to move a small force to besiege Acre. All the Crusaders who arrived from Europe after the fall of Jerusalem were ready for ACTION! So they left Conrad behind and almost all joined Guy!

Unfortunately Guy was joined during the siege by his wife and his two sons - his wife who truly loved him and did everything she could for him - and his wife and sons died when an epidemic hit both armies. Guy, despite fighting so heroically that he won over many of even his fiercest critics, lost any claim he had to the Kingdom of Jerusalem with the death of his wife and sons.

Richard the Lionhearted gave Guy of Lusignon the Kingdom of Cyprus - a rather sweet plum! His family ruled there for ages after the rest of the Crusader kingdoms were eliminated.

And to the movie “Kingdom of Heaven” that took one of the best stories of the Middle Ages and made a total mess of it - I say BLAH!!!!!!!

13 posted on 02/07/2012 12:35:42 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Sawdring

Again, I’m not calling for the Turks to pay actual reparations. Read my first and second posts again - I only said that the mere act of calling for such would make them go bark-at-the-moon nuts.

Regarding some kind of time limit for reparations, I’d agree. I would venture to say that literally ever human being alive today (which is to say, all humans now and forever into the future) are descended from slaves, since slavery was practiced everywhere in the world at some point. Since it is literally impossible to figure out who owes whom what amount of compensation, to say nothing of the morality of making children pay for their parents’ crimes, such simply cannot be done. Maybe a good cut-off is when the last survivor of whatever event being discussed passes away.


14 posted on 02/07/2012 1:02:28 PM PST by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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15 posted on 02/07/2012 1:17:58 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

This is a direct result of Germany’s defense industry making demands on Merkel and German central bankers to enforce the arms purchase agreement before Greece received any further financial aid.

To pay the Germans for the defense contracts for German equipment the Greeks can not afford to maintain, let alone field, the Greek Air Force has had to basically shut down for the last year, and at least going forward until 2016 or later.

In the meantime Cyprus loses the air support of it’s motherland and is left vulnerable.


16 posted on 02/07/2012 3:10:58 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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17 posted on 02/08/2012 5:15:14 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: JerseyHighlander; sukhoi-30mki

Could this also be a stop gap / fall back in case Israeli airbases are hit during war with Iran?


18 posted on 02/08/2012 6:50:34 AM PST by Yehuda
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