Peretz discusses cooperation with NATO
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Amir Peretz made history Wednesday after becoming the first Israeli
defense minister to visit NATO headquarters in Brussels. During his
visit, Peretz met with NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and
discussed ways to enhance cooperation between Israel and the western
During the two-hour meeting, Peretz, who spoke through translators,
affirmed his intention to attend an informal gathering in Spain next
week of defense ministers from Middle Eastern countries that are members
of NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue, a 10-year-old forum for political
consultations and practical cooperation between countries of the
Mediterranean area including Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Jordan.
Peretz also confirmed Israel's intention to dispatch a high-ranking Navy
officer to Naples in the coming months where he will participate in
NATO's anti-terror Operation Active Endeavor.
NATO launched Operation Active Endeavor in the wake of 9/11 and has
succeeded in bringing a number of Mediterranean countries to Naples to
share intelligence information concerning naval terror and suspicious
ships in the region.
Peretz and de Hoop Scheffer also discussed the possibility of
incorporating Israeli defense industries into NATO forums on the
development of anti-terror technology. Spain, a member of NATO, is in
the midst of developing a laser system that will be capable of detecting
explosives from a distance.
Peretz emphasized the Iranian threat during the meeting and urged de
Hoop Scheffer to back further international pressure on Teheran in an
effort to stop its nuclear program. "2007 is a critical year for the
diplomatic efforts that are being made to stop Iran's nuclear program,"
Peretz told the NATO chief.