Israel Can No Longer Do What It Pleases, Turkey Claims
It seems Turkey, is acting like a real turkey. Despite it being a NATO member, its government has taken on the role of the challenger when it comes to Israel. Sort of like a "dark force" to protect the rights of the minority. It is all very odd. It all started with their ships trying to run a Israeli naval blockade of Gaza during the relief. A few Turks lost their lives because Turkey responded with the big FU and brought on the fight. Then, like a pissed off kid, the government demanded an apology for something they caused. Israel expressed regrets, but felt they were in the right defending their territorial waters. Now Turkey, is acting like a total jerk. The PM goes to Egypt and deliberately stirs up anti-Israeli emotions resulting in the Islamists ransacking the Israeli embassy. They seem to want to be the speaker of all Arabs and Muslims, citing historical ties.
Israel and Greece have since created a defense pact against Turkey. Greece and Turkey have a long history of bad blood since Greece invaded Turkey in 1919-21, trying to topple its government. Turkey celebrates its victory over them every year. Turkey has cited that some of the islands in Greek possession belong to Turkey and now have threaten to use its military might to retake them. Do they need them? Well, gas and oil might be the reason and this includes Cyprus, which both countries claim. Tension is building up among Greece, Turkey and Israel as Cyprus prepares to start exploratory drilling for gas offshore Monday, Sept. 19, and Turkey has sent a few naval frigates into the area. A new rig is moving from the Israeli gas field, also near Cyprus. Turkey questions the rights of Israel and Cyprus to drill for hydrocarbon reserves in the respective Exclusive Economic Zones approved by the UN. The huge Leviathan field Israel is developing in the eastern Mediterranean, has gas reserves calculated to be 8.5 trillion cubic feet. This would supply the entire US economy's needs for a year. Israel and Greece have now begun to coordinate their fleet movements in the eastern Mediterranean and around Cyprus.
Turkish troops and drilling equipment have been unloaded in North Cyprus and are preparing to drill in an area the UN has indicated is Cyprus'. Greece has warned Turkey not to try. If Turkey attacks the rig, owned by an American company, but under Cyprus control, Turkey is creating messy situation because both the US and Israel have interests.