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Idiz is right: We can't kick out the Turks. Just watch out for them.

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Dec 22, 2014 at 17:51

I think Idiz is correct: There does not seem to be any mechanism in place to "kick out" a NATO member. France left, years ago, then came back. In the 1970s, the Turks and Greeks were at odds over the Turkish invasion of Cyprius; but neither left the alliance. During the war against Yugoslavia in 1997, Greece sympathized with the Yugoslavs; but it stayed in NATO. The NATO powers certainly need to be on their toes in sharing intelligence and technology with the suspect Turkish state; but that's about as far as it goes. They are of little help to us in Syria today; but perhaps they will be more helpful some other time. As one commenter pointed out on the Idiz article, no NATO country has been directly attacked by ISIL; so the Turks get a free pass if they don't want to play along.

As it concerns Israel, I believe the Turks could attack the Jewish state on short notice. Erdogan has not disguised his hatred for the Jews and their homeland, and polls indicate that the vast majority of Turks agree with him. The Israelis, of course, will kick his butt. Meanwhile, the Jews ought to keep a weather eye on Europe. They are extremely anti-Jewish and anti-Israel; and if the US joins them in the Transatlantic Partnership, we Americans will be forced to obey European rules -- rules not made by the American people, but crafted in secret by corrupt politicians and business oligarchs. If that happens, Israel will no longer be able to count on US support in the UN Security council; and a resolution will almost certainly pass to treat Israel like LIbya and Yugoslavia. I expect that will lead to a nuclear war.

Shalom shalom

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