Turkish Document Defines Israel as Threat



By: BEV SPRITZER  
Published: October 30th 2010
in News » World

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Turkish National Security Council approved a few days ago considerable alterations to a document which contains threats against Turkey, asserting that they now consider Israel a major threat to the country, Turkish media reported Saturday.

 

Israel was redefined as a "major threat" in the document called "The Red Book." The document also opines that Israel's actions could potentially cause countries in the region to embark upon an "arms race."

 

According to the Jerusalem Post, this is the first time that Turkey has defined Israel's actions in the Middle East as a threat towards it.

 

At the same time, the council also decided to remove Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia from the list of countries that Ankara feels pose a risk to Turkey.

 

Interestingly, Iran, which was previously considered a substantial threat to Turkey, was also removed from the list of countries.

 

Greece is still defined as a threat against Turkey, however the country's neighbour is being defined as an “external threat.”

 

The “Red Book” document also notes Turkey’s belief that the Middle East should be free of nuclear weapons.

 

The document is considered valid for five years.



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