NATO announces acceptance of Israeli representative, grants permanent office in Brussels

Following years of lobbying, NATO to recognize official representative from Israel, approves permanent office in Brussels headquarters

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NATO announced that it will officially begin the process of recognizing an Israeli representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and will provide Israel with a permanent office in Brussels.

The announcement comes following years of lobbying efforts by the State of Israel for recognition as a partner of the 28-member stated North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO has over 40 countries and international organizations as “security partners”, Israel one of seven states of the Mediterranean Dialogue, alongside Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry addressed the announcement, releasing the following statement “NATO informed Israel this evening that Israel will be able to open an office at the organization’s headquarters in Brussels and complete the process of accepting the credentials of its representative to NATO. The announcement comes after lengthy Israeli diplomatic efforts by the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the National Security Agency. Israel wishes to thank its allies in the organization for their support and efforts on the issue.”

The announcement was made Tuesday night and was welcomed by Israel’s Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Netanyahu, who is also Israel’s Foreign Minister stated “I welcome NATO’s announcement. This is an important step in helping Israel’s security. It is an additional testimony to Israel’s position and the desire of many factors to cooperate with us in the field of security.”