Israel joining NATO? Watch
No idea. Hey, I don't make the rules - if it was down to me they wouldn't be, either. Basic Geography again.
I have been thinking about it - NATO is a throwback to the cold war, and most of the international security system built up during that time is irrelevant today (NATO, nuclear submarines etc...) IMO, a new system must be created, a new world order is emerging, and the west's system of ensuring peace must change to meet the new challenges. Perhaps the creation of an entirely new alliance system including Israel would be in order. The makeup of our armed forces, I feel will have to change as well to a much more mobile offensive force (we allready see this with the navy's new generation of ships). I am sure all this will change in time, but the west should wake up to this, as we are still in cold war mode.
I feel Israel has every right to join Nato - not that Nato really does much or is worth anything now.
I dont think that the geographical location of Isrel should affect the debate on weather it should or should not join the NATO but I believe that its political situation should. When there was the debate on whether Turkey was to join the EU there was some economic conditions the country should have adapted to. I think it should be the same for Israel. I mean...it has been at war for what?...60 yrs. well not anymore, but its still quite complicated.
OK, it dosent look like they will in the immediate future, but to me this seems like a sensible move in light of the escalating tensions in the middle east. What are your opinions?
From Wall Street Journal -
NATO = North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Israel is in the Middle East, not Europe.
They shouldnt be in Eurovision, the EU let alone NATO.
Continental Europe isn't exactly "North Atlantic", Southern Europe (Italy, Greece etc.) isn't "North Atlantic", Turkey isn't even close to "North Atlantic". As was said before, geography is not the be-all and end-all of NATO membership. Israel is actually very close to NATO members such as Greece - just a short hop across the Med and seeing as it shares Western values and interests, is an obvious candidate for membership.
If it were only for countries touching the Atlantic, it'd be made up of Canada, USA, UK, Ireland and France. That's about it.
The 12 original members of NATO did not include Greece and Turkey. One of the main reasons these two countries, and many others in Europe entered NATO were due to America's continued war against Soviet Union and in line with their policy of 'containment.'
If Israel joins today, it will spark even more conflict in the Middle East
They will once again feel that the West is out to 'bully' the Middle East.
How? Surely other countries would think much more carefully about starting a war on Israel were it a NATO member? Explain how there would be more conflict.
The West would be 'bullying' the Middle East by voluntarily including a country in NATO that wants to be in NATO? How would that work?
The 12 original members of NATO did not include Greece and Turkey. One of the main reasons these two countries, and many others in Europe entered NATO were due to America's continued war against Soviet Union and in line with their policy of 'containment.' If Israel joins today, it will spark even more conflict in the Middle East and actually widen the gap between the Islamic World and the West. They will once again feel that the West is out to 'bully' the Middle East.
Unfortunately, not all Middle Eastern countries see it that way. Syria and Israel still argue about the strategic Golan Heights. Now, America isn't exactly at good terms with Syria and Bashar al-ASAD has often criticized America for its alliance with Israel (I unfortunately cannot find the magazine where I read this; but it was an edition of the Economist.) To cut it short, it will just make things worse in my honest opinion.
That's the only reason Germany was allowed to join (and it joined after Greece and Turkey). I supposed it should be kicked out now?
Israel is as much of European origin as the US and Canada...
Iran is already posing a threat and its views concerning Israel are fairly negative. By Israel joining NATO, Iran will get yet another chance to criticize the West.
I am truely scared of the ambiguities in Iran's nuclear power and I really do feel that instead of giving them another excuse to 'blow up' the West, we should actually try and combat it.
Unfortunately, not all Middle Eastern countries see it that way. Syria and Israel still argue about the strategic Golan Heights.
Now, America isn't exactly at good terms with Syria and Bashar al-ASAD has often criticized America for its alliance with Israel
Yes, I fully understand that but my question remains: what's the true point? I don't see a benefit of it.