Partnership for an Israeli-NATO alliance is forming.
In a rapidly changing strategic environment, Israeli policy makers are recognising definite advantages, especially in security affairs, in developing closer ties with NATO. The present Israeli government’s enthusiasm for this project can be seen in an ambitious set of proposals submitted to the Alliance. Highlighting the desirability of upgrading relations with NATO, the document proposes closer co-operation on counter-terrorism; combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; joint military training; in the field of logistics; and in the future joint development of weapons systems.
The latest push by Israel to build strategic links comes at a very crucial time for NATO since the Middle East represents a major issue of concern for the trans-Atlantic military alliance. Concerned by the growing threats posed by terrorism and the continued proliferation of chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons in the region, NATO appears to be adopting a new strategy: address the crisis before it reaches Europe.