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Turkey, NATO and Israel

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Submitted by Ken (United States), Sep 12, 2011 at 19:02

Now that Turkey has threatened to attack Israeli Navy vessels they encounter outside the 12 mile limit, any such action would appear to be an act of war. If, in fact, this happens, and Israel defends itself, what is the position of other NATO members according to the NATO treaty? Are they obliged to assist Turkey? If they are obliged, but do not (for common sense reasons) what happens to the NATO alliance? If a NATO member attacks another country with which the US has some other defense agreement, what happens then? IS an act of aggression by a NATO member country grounds to eject them from NATO?

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