Report: Israel scrambles IAF warplanes toward Turkish ship

Turkish media reports claim Israeli F-15s approached Turkish research vessel near contested Cyprus drilling area.


Israel Defense Forces jet fighters were scrambled toward a Turkish seismic research ship in the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkish media reported on Friday, in what seemed to be a further escalation in the already fraying ties between the once longtime allies.

According to the report, cited by the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman and based on a report by the Turkish Vatan daily, two Israel Air Force F-15s took off to face the Turkish vessel on Thursday night, flying through the airspace of both Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus.

The report added that the warplanes approached the Turkish ship despite incessant warnings by forces in Turkish Cyprus, according to which the planes had breached the territory’s airspace.

Ultimately, the report indicated, Turkey launched two F-16 fighters to track the Israeli planes, at which point the IAF fighter jets returned to Israeli airspace.

In addition, the report claimed that an IAF helicopter hovered over the ship, Piri Reis, while the ship was in the Aphrodite gas field off Cyprus’ southern coast and near to the larger Leviathan natural gas field.

The reported incident took place as Israel-Turkey ties continued to deteriorate over Israel’s refusal to apologize for its 2010 raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla which resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish nationals.

A recent inflammation in tensions came amid controversy over drilling rights in what could be natural gas-rich areas in the Eastern Mediterranean.

On Tuesday, Turkey said it was exploring for gas in an offshore zone where Cyprus started drilling last week, a provocative step in a dispute over Mediterranean resources.

Last week, Turkey and Turkish Cyprus signed a pact outlining maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean, paving the way for gas exploration. Turkey said it would protect any research vessel with warships, raising the prospect of an armed stand-off.

On September 23, Turkey dispatched its only research vessel, the Piri Reis, to the eastern Mediterranean.

“Piri Reis, escorted by warships, has started research in the same area where Greek Cypriots are exploring,” Omer Celik, Vice Chairman of the ruling AK Party who oversees foreign affairs, said on Twitter.

“We have shown clearly to everyone that we will not allow the eastern Mediterranean to become a Greek Cyprus-Israel goal,” he said in another message.

  1. #1 by galwayspaniard on 09/30/2011 - 9:34

    More Israeli intimidation. Turks better put a huge flag out.

  2. #2 by Ingrid B on 09/30/2011 - 9:34

    Ah! Hah! so that is what the dispute is really about..

  3. #3 by funky d on 09/30/2011 - 9:34

    shoot it down.

  4. #4 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on 10/01/2011 - 9:34

    Q: What three things you do not screw with?
    A: Rattle Snake, Lumber Jack, and Turkey.

  5. #5 by amerikagulag on 10/01/2011 - 9:34

    The Israeli mistake! Let us hope so.

  6. #6 by Isaac on 10/01/2011 - 9:34

    Israel is going to destroy itself thanks to its impertinence, greed, insolence, and its genocidal policies. Israel has behaved like a genocidal maniac for the las 64 years.

  7. #7 by Marcia on 10/02/2011 - 9:34

    I am a 42 yr. old American with a step father who is Turkish and he’s so happy to know that I learned and now know that the Armenian genocide was instigated by zionist jews who had infiltrated his country. GO TURKEY!!!! Stand up against those ZIONIST BASTARDS!!!!

  8. #8 by amerikagulag on 10/02/2011 - 9:34

    Isaac, Israel could easily be destroyed, but that wouldn’t stop the powers that be. The ‘country’ of Israel is only a pawn; a front for the real sinister cabal that controls the world – The Rothschilds. And so if Israel goes down (and let’s hope it does) it could easily be used to garner sympathy for the eternal victims once again. The wailing and gnashing of teeth would be deafening even by hollywood’s standards; a new holow-co$t for them since the old one is growing mold it’s so decrepid and stinks to high heaven. Israel might destroy itself, but remember, those that really call the shots know that the religion is a farce, in fact all 3 are, so they have nothing to lose by giving up their ‘hideout’. Religious adherents world wide would rush to protect the ‘holy land’.
    They’re firmly entrenched in the banks world wide so the country isn’t really important to them although it serves its purpose for now. They couldn’t care less for Israeli’s. Israel’s destruction can be used as bait to bolster an even more sinister plan; a world government run by the Rothschild cabal and it’s minions – politicians, news organizations, learning institutions, banks and military.

    Then there’s ‘Samson option’ in which Israel claims to have planted nukes in major cities across the globe which they threaten to detonate if anyone attacks Israel. To that I say, Hah! Israel hasn’t told ONE WORD of truth since Josiah wrote the torah. Why should we believe this claim? The Samson option is just another Jewish fable; another to add to their collection of wishful-thinking lies. The is no such think as a suitcase nuke. It doesn’t exist. It can’t be done yet. In order for them to have done such a thing, it would have required an enormous amount of equipment, men and space. It simply can’t go undetected. Nukes are NOT like firecrackers you simply light a fuse on. The Samson Option is another Jewish fable.

  9. #9 by galwayspaniard on 10/02/2011 - 9:34

    I believe that the Samson option is that Israel has coordinates of major cities in USA, Europe, etc and with their arsenal of well over 100 nukes could send out nukes from Israel. It is not that nukes are already planted in these cities, etc.

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