'Terrorist state' or not, Israel expected to sell drones to Turkey

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    Turkey is expected to receive its first shipment of attack drones from Israel next month, despite the comments by its prime minister during the Gaza offensive that Israel was a terrorist state. Turkey is also expected to receive another shipment of Heron drones from Israel.

    According to Turkish sources and reports in the Turkish media, the predominantly Muslim country under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to buy drones known as the Harpy. This armed UAV, developed by Elbit and Israel Aerospace Industries, participated in the Gaza offensive and killed Hamas militants.

    Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul was reportedly impressed with the Harpy's performance on his visit to Israel in October. Another factor in Turkey's decision to buy from Israel may be the delay in a final decision by the United States on whether to sell Turkey Predator drones.
    Turkey would rather buy the Predator because of its rich combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. One Turkish source said the reports about the deal with Israel were leaked to try to persuade the Americans to cut through the red tape and approve the sale.

    Turkey and Israel signed a deal for the supply of Heron drones to the tune of $180 million in 2005, but delays and malfunctions in the cameras mounted on the drones pushed back delivery by more than one year.

    In December, Turkey received two Heron UAVs, and another three units are expected to be shipped in February. Despite Erdogan's harsh statements about Israel during the Gaza operation, Israeli sources say the two countries still cooperate on security matters.

    "The two countries are connected by their defense needs," one Israeli source said. "The Turkish defense establishment is behaving as though there were no diplomatic crisis, and the diplomats are behaving as though there were no military cooperation."

    'Terrorist state' or not, Israel expected to sell drones to Turkey - Haaretz - Israel News
     
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    When the heck are we going to tell the Palestinians that it doesn't matter if they recognize the right of Israel to exist - the rest of us do...

    When the heck are we going to tell Israel that their decades old blockade of Gaza is stupid and childish... (perhaps we should do something with Cuba before tackling this one...)

    -Joe
     
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    I don't think the Kurds in Iraq will be happy about this news.
     
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    Palestinians know perfectly well that the jewish racial dictatorship's international reputation is about two or three american skyscrappers away from being hopelessly shattered, Joe, so they couldn't care less about what you think either.
     
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    Perhaps that is true regarding any 'official' Palestinian position on the subject... I wonder how They, The Palestinian People, feel about the stupidity that describes the shit-storm they live under.

    -Joe
     
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    Racial dictatorship???? :lol:

    In the holiest city of Israel, what languages are there?

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    Hebrew
    Arabic
    English

    Wait a minute! Why would there be Arabic in Israel if Israel is a racist dictatorship???

    One million Arab Israelis who live freely and peacefully with their Jewish neighbors.

    Give me a list of Arabic countries that allow Hebrew on their street signs, that allow Jews to serve in their government, that allow all religions the same rights as Muslims have.

    Please - Shogun, Sunni Man, any of you anti-zionist nutjobs out there... SOMEONE tell me what Arabic country gives the same rights to Jews as Israel gives to Muslims.
     
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    Iran has the second largest Jewish population in the middle east.

    These Iranian Jews have full rights under Iranian law and there are even elected Jews in the government.

    When enticed with money to leave Iran and emigrate to Israel.

    The Iranian Jews flat out said "No"!!
     
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    hey, it's the Kurd' fault for not being jewish. Now, if they were JEWISH then they would qualify for the "here, enjoy your own nation" program. But, too bad for them, they are not part of the new master race so.. they get the sharp end of a Drone deal.
     
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    Turkey will evenually find out why dealing with Israel is bad business.

    The warning phrase "don't get jewed" still applies today when dealing with these people. :evil:
     
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    We also did request armed version of preadator from US.

    Unfortunately our indigenious TIHA's will not fly till 2011:
    TIHA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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