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May 30, 2006
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Israel is to take part in its first full NATO naval exercise. On Monday, Israel and NATO announced next month’s drill in the Black Sea, dubbed Cooperation Mako. Several Israeli missile boats are to take part along with vessels from the 26-member strategic alliance. With the Iranian nuclear threat looming, there has been speculation that Israel could apply for full NATO membership. But Israel has played this down as unlikely given its desire to maintain independence in matters of national defense.

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