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Former Israeli official calls for Turkey to be expelled from NATO

January 30, 2014 at 10:44 am

A former Israeli official demanded that Turkey be expelled from NATO following media reports which accused the Turkish intelligence service of leaking the names of 10 Iranian agents who worked for Israel’s intelligence (Mossad) to the Iranian authorities.

Israel’s former deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, in remarks to Yisrael Hayoum newspaper, called for a formal request to be submitted before NATO to cancel Ankara’s membership of the Alliance. Ayalon who caused the “low chair” crisis between Ankara and Tel Aviv three years ago demanded that Israel and the United States re-evaluate their relations with Turkey.

Meanwhile, former Mossad chief, Danny Yatom, urged Tel Aviv and Washington to warn “friendly countries” of bilateral cooperation in the field of intelligence with Turkey “in order to avoid the fate that Israel had recently suffered”.

The Washington Post published a story claiming that Turkey had leaked a list of 10 Iranians agents who worked for Israel intelligence to Iran, which Turkish officials denied.