Congress is outraged for not expelling Turkey from the aircraft manufacturing program and the latter policies causes tension

Reports said that anger was escalating among members of the US Congress for not expelling Turkey from the US aircraft manufacturing program, while exploration of wealth has raised tensions and conflicts among NATO allies.

Today, the world newspapers  touched on the dispute between the United States and Turkey, the emerging tensions within NATO as a result of Turkey's policies, as well as mass demonstrations seeking to topple Netanyahu.

The Washington Times: How the F-35 drives a wedge between the United States and a major NATO ally

The world newspapers issued this morning dealt with the dispute between the United States of America and Turkey over the purchase of the recent S-400 system. In this context the Washington Times said, "The option of expelling Turkey from the $ 1.6 trillion Pentagon program proved to be more difficult than expected, which raised questions about whether Washington is fully ready to search for alternatives to partnership with Ankara. "

"More than a year after the Trump administration has officially overthrown Turkey from the aircraft initiative due to Ankara's growing military ties with Russia, Turkish companies are still present in US supply chains without a clear time frame, as Turkish participation in the program was supposed to end by March, but defense industry leaders have said it will likely continue for at least another year. "

Officials at Lockheed Martin, the main manufacturer of F-35, told the newspaper last week that the company was "continuing to move away" from Turkish suppliers, but had not provided specific dates for a full and final move away.

Defense Ministry officials acknowledged earlier this year that the Turkish presence would last long after the original deadline in March.

"The inability to cut ties with Turkey is the latest setback for the prominent F-35 program, as anger in Congress has escalated as well, and lawmakers spoke last week that millions of dollars of taxpayer money was lost due to poorly written contracts and a lack of adequate supervision .

The informed say that the US Department of Defense and its partners in the private sector have struggled to find non-Turkish companies capable of making certain major parts for the advanced plane, and the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed production lines and hampered coordination, which further delayed the complex transition away from the Turkish companies .

"I think it was more difficult than people expected," said retired Air Force general Herbert Hook Carlyle, president and CEO of the National Defense Industries Association (NDIA).

The Wall Street Journal: Gas discovery raises tensions in the Mediterranean between isolated Turkey and competitors

In turn, the American Wall Street Journal said: "The competition for newly discovered gas fortunes in the eastern Mediterranean sparked a large number of competing maritime claims, pushing the major powers in the region - all of them America's partners or allies - toward open confrontation."

On the one hand, there is an emerging alliance between Greece, Israel, Cyprus and Egypt that benefits from recent discoveries, and on the other hand, there is the largest economy in the eastern Mediterranean, Turkey, which is increasingly flexing its military muscle in its quest to break its regional isolation.

Skirmishes occurred between Turkish and Greek naval convoys in the disputed waters, after Turkey announced that it would search for oil and gas off the Greek island of Rhodes, but Germany's intense diplomatic efforts persuaded it to halt the plan temporarily, which could have turned into an armed clash.

But this is only a temporary truce, and the battle for sovereignty over the eastern Mediterranean and its resources is expected to continue to escalate, posing an important new challenge in an already turbulent part of the world, according to the newspaper.

Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said in an interview: "We see inclinations from Turkey to pursue the warship diplomacy and militarize its foreign policy," and he saw it as "an attempt by Ankara to control the region." He added: "We want all parties in the region to participate in regional cooperation, but Turkey It is through her behavior that excludes herself. "

The Guardian: Israel's protests may affect Netanyahu, but will it threaten his authority?

On the Israeli issue, the British Guardian newspaper said: "The scenes of thousands of people on the streets and police clashes with the demonstrators paint a picture of the increasingly isolated Prime Minister and his grip on Israel may be weakened, but it is not certain whether it could hurt Benjamin Netanyahu's confidence in himself.

Both his supporters and opponents agree that the politician, who has been in power since 2009, has an incredible power to stay in power.

And while one of his predecessors, Ehud Olmert, stepped down after appearing to face charges, Netanyahu confidently refused to leave power after being accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

The Israelis had many opportunities to topple Netanyahu, and only during the past two years, due to the political crisis triggered by Netanyahu's refusal to give up his seat, the country had held three consecutive elections.

In two of these elections, the ruling Netanyahu party won the largest share of the vote in the Israeli parliament (Knesset).

In the Likud election runner-up, Netanyahu managed to prevent the opposition from gaining power, and at the same time, Netanyahu demonstrated his party's loyalty, and averted the internal leadership challenge in December.

(ANHA)


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