The North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO: Organisation du traité de l’Atlantique Nord; OTAN), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949. The organization constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party. NATO’s headquarters are located in Haren, Brussels, Belgium, where the Supreme Allied Commander also resides. Belgium is one of the 28 member states across North America and Europe, the newest of which, as of today would be the only Democratic state in middle east and north Africa State of Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting .
“I welcome the NATO statement inviting the State of Israel to open office at the organization’s headquarters. This is a goal that we have worked on for many years. I announce that Israel will accept the invitation; we will open an office soon. I think that this is also an important expression of Israel’s standing in the world. The countries of the world are looking to cooperate with us due to – inter alia – our determined fight against terrorism, our technological know-how and our intelligence services.
Today, the Cabinet will approve an investment protection agreement with Japan. This agreement, for us, also constitutes an additional milestone in our developing relations with the major Asian powers – Japan, of course, but also China and India, with which we are developing relations and working on new agreements, especially the free trade agreement with China. They all point to the economic and diplomatic progress of the State of Israel in areas that we have not known since the establishment of the state.
Later in the meeting we take leave of Yoram Cohen who will, today, conclude five years’ service as Director of the ISA, and decades of service and contribution to the security of the state. Yoram has been an exceptional commander – determined, focused and efficient. He concentrated on ISA missions, especially counterterrorism, intelligence gathering counter-espionage and the development of other capabilities which, under his leadership, have saved many Israeli lives. Yoram advanced the ISA very much. He upgraded these capabilities and also advanced their effectiveness in new fields, such as cyberwarfare and cyberdefense. His assessments, as I can attest from countless meetings, were always realistic, substantive, well-grounded and, I would say, like all of his other activities, infused with an abiding commitment to the state and the people.
On your behalf, I would like to salute him for outstanding service to the State of Israel and I thank him on behalf of the citizens of the State of Israel who owe him much. Perhaps one day we will be able to say more about this debt. Nadav Argaman will take Yoram’s place; the changeover is already underway. We have an excellent ISA and it has excellent commanders.
What could this military alliance mean to the west and whom antisemitic has rocked their society, and the middle east and north Africa, David Otto, CEO of UK-based global security provider TGS Intelligence Consultants says this is welcome development in the sense that NATO would benefit from Israel counter terrorism programs, but on the other hand this would lead to stronger China, Russia, Iran, alliance and possibly south Africa.
Nebechukwu security analyst has this to say ” What we would witness in matter of years would be conflicts of regional interest, North Korea should not be ruled out in the alliance with Iran and Russia despite Syria looking unpromising for a counter NATO”. reacting to possibility of counter NATO alliance he said i doubt the visibility of such in Asia but in Africa security relationship between saudi and Nigeria has taken a different dimension i would say the chances are very slim but with defence budget being slashed in several Africa state China could explore this loophole.