Five years ago, Israel wanted to open an office in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, but now it’s finally happening. Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu called this move an “important step” for Israel, and writers at the Jerusalem Post say this will assure Israel’s representatives have more contact with those working for NATO.
“This is something we worked on for many years,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. “I think this is important to Israel’s standing in the world. The countries of the world want to cooperate with us because of our determined struggle against terrorism, because of our technological knowledge, our intelligence deployment and other reasons.”
Late Tuesday night the Foreign Ministry said that NATO informed Israel that it would be able to open an office at the organization’s headquarters and undertake the process of submitting its credentials to the Western alliance.
“The announcement comes after lengthy Israeli diplomatic efforts by the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the National Security Council. Israel wants to thank its allies in the organization for their support and efforts on the issue,” a Foreign Ministry statement said. According to government officials, the US, Canada and Germany were instrumental in moving the upgrade through.