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May 20, 2012 9:00 pm

Turkish News Agency: Israel Wants to Station 20,000 Soldiers in Cyprus

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Times of Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly suggested creating a 20,000-strong military presence in Cyprus to protect oil and gas interests on the island, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Sunday.

According to the report by the Anatolia news agency, Netanyahu met with Greek Cypriot leader Demetrius Christofias in February and offered  to assume all construction expenses for a gas extraction plant. In exchange, Israelis would be contracted for all 10,000 positions necessary to man the facility. The employees’ families would also live on the Greek part of the island.

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