ATHENS – Turkey has such a numerical superiority over Greece in terms of military manpower and weapons that the best defense is to follow the Israeli model to have an advantage in weapons quality, an American analyst recommended.
That was also a recommendation to the US government from American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Michael Rubin, who told Greek newspaper Kathimerini it could give Greece an advantage.
He also said that Cyprus, where Turkey occupied the northern third in two unlawful invasions in 1974 and maintains a 35,000-strong standing army, should follow the same path despite being vastly outnumbered.
It’s all based on what the US did in the 1960s to continue building its arsenal during the Cold War, and Rubin said the US Congress should veto President Joe Biden’s plan to increase F- 16 fighter jets to sell to Turkey and also to upgrade the Turkish Air Force.
If Turkey gets those jets, Rubin said, then Greece should — as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis wants — get American F-35s to offset the larger Turkish air force that regularly invades Greek airspace.
The analyst said Greece also needs better anti-aircraft systems after Turkey – undercutting NATO – bought Russian-made S-400 anti-missile systems, which could also be used in a conflict against Greece.
One of Greece’s greatest assets is the superiority of its fighter pilots, which regularly rank among NATO’s best in the world, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has weakened his air force by jailing top pilots after a failed coup attempt in July 2016 against him.