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    • Reid
    • 22.11.09 | 07:28 (IST)

    All, Turkey's secularists and the Army are suspicious of Erdogan's Islamic Party. Erdogan was using Israel as evidence that he is not 'Al Queda'. However, his rabid turn against Israel is causing consternation in Turkey and in Europe. Anti-Muslim forces in Europe will use any excuse to reject Turkey from membership in the EU. Even though Israel is not popular in the EU, this is as good an excuse as any to reject Turkey run by 'radical Islamists' from entering Europe. Cancelling a NATO exercise to insult Israel did not improve Erdogan's position vis a vis the Secularist Army. Consequently, Gul is trying to intervene to bring Turkey back into balance. As far as Syria is concerned, Assad is demanding the coast of Lake Kinneret. This is beyond the 1967 borders since Lake Kinneret has shrunk considerably since 1967. The land Syria took on Lake Kinneret is beyond the Golan and beyond the Sykes-Pinot Line. Consequently, it was occupied like Jordan occupied the WB.

    from the article: Lieberman: After all the insults, Turkey can't mediate Syria talks
    First published 00:56 22.11.09 | Last updated 11:28 22.11.09
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