Taksim Square Protests Put the Deep Freeze on Israel-Turkey Reconciliation

After Turkish PM Erdogan's quashing of demonstrations, and the anti-Semitic comments by some of his allies, the first step toward a rapprochement is up to him, Western diplomats say.

ISTANBUL – Taksim Square was quiet Sunday morning. A large Turkish flag flew in the middle of the square, and a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk still hangs on the cultural center near Gezi Park. The only sign of the stormy protests just a few hours before were five water cannons and a few dozen members of the riot police, some in uniform, some in plain clothes.