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Politicians bar Israeli officer. Norwegian military cancels seminar as a matter of principle. The military has called off a seminar with an Israeli Special forces officer after requests by the Ministry of Defence to remove him from the list of participants. Whilst the aim of the conference was to learn from his experiences under the 2006 war in Lebanon, this proved too much for Labour’s (Ap) State Secretary to the ministry, Espen Barth Eide.

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Politicians bar Israeli officer

Published on Friday, 4th June, 2010 at 13:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Norwegian military cancels seminar as a matter of principle.

Norwegian Special Ops forces under Gemini 2009 Exercise
Norwegian Special Ops forces under Gemini 2009 Exercise
Photo: Lars Magne Hovtun/Forsvaret


The military has called off a seminar with an Israeli Special forces officer after requests by the Ministry of Defence to remove him from the list of participants.

Whilst the aim of the conference was to learn from his experiences under the 2006 war in Lebanon, this proved too much for Labour’s (Ap) State Secretary to the ministry, Espen Barth Eide.

“We think it was completely unorthodox. We can’t see we would have learnt anything from Israel’s military action. Norway strongly condemned the operation at the time,” he tells NRK.

Lieutenant-colonel Palle Ydstebø says the officer was coming as a private person, rather than a representative of the Israeli army, and was critical to the role Special operations played during the military campaign.

According to NRK, the Norwegian army has earlier expressed a wish for closer cooperation between the two countries.

“It’s clear there are some in the military staff who believe this. But what’s important is that the political leadership that decides over them doesn’t,” says SV’s (the Socialist Left) Parliamentary leader, Bård Vegar Solhjell.

Defence personnel now confirm they’ve not only taken the Israeli officer’s name off the list, they’ve cancelled the entire conference.

“We need to ensure our defence force learns from other military systems and situations rather than those the Israeli army is engaged in,” Solhjell says.



Published on Friday, 4th June, 2010 at 13:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: israel, norway, soldiers, special, ops, forces, army, military.





  
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