Erdogan's transparent, but dangerous, tactics - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • James
    • 17.09.11 | 20:47 (IDT)

    Erdogan is clever, and he's dangerous. I don't think he's a Hitlerian psycho like Ahmadinejad, but he's nearly as much of a worry. The facts - Israel has long been an ally of Israel, contributing greatly to its tourist industry, its defence capabilities and its diplomatic standing (pace Israel trying to help Turkey into the EU). Turkey sanctioned the IHH thugs aboard the ship to Israel who, as the UN has reported, assaulted the Israeli soldiers who were at risk of their lives, which is why some of them got shot. Erdogan has pretensions to being the regional superpower which is why, allied to his Islamist tendencies, he is as a MATTER OF POLICY seizing every chance to stitch up Israel. Simple, and as dangerous, as that. Next move - he send warships with another flotilla, and hey presto we could have the war/military skirmish Erdogan wants but can't at present risk as many Turks still like Israel (not Erdogan's power base among the poor and uneducated of the country though).

    from the article: Turkey: We don't need U.S. mediation to end crisis with Israel
    First published 19:58 17.09.11 | Last updated 19:58 17.09.11
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