Oversimplification of Turkish society - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Eliade
    • 09.06.10 | 08:36 (IDT)

    As balanced as this article tries to be, Erdogan is not Turkey's Netanyahu and the moderate AK Party cannot be compared to ultra nationalists like Yisrael Beiteinu. Erdogan's extensive democratic reforms have won European praise and he has done more than any other Turkish Prime Minister to fast-track EU requirements and normalize relations with the neighbouring countries (and keep Israel's alliance, before Operation Cast Lead). Netanyahu and Lieberman have done the exact opposite with regard to Israel's neighbours and the openness of their country's political system. Their hard-line, ultra-nationalist attitude (in addition to the disfranchising of ethnic minorities) is far more similar to Kemalism (whose "liberal" track record you would do well to look up). Yes, Erdogan opposes certain aspects of Kemalism: he has specifically spoken out against the Turkish Republic's ethnic cleansing policies from the 20s and 30s. Let's see Lieberman or Netanyahu apologize for Israel's past treatment of minorities. Then you can start talking about how they mirror Turkey's leadership.

    from the article: What a missed opportunity
    First published 01:43 09.06.10 | Last updated 01:43 09.06.10
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