Turkey has enough Mideast influence,since she became the leader of the anti-Israeli front. But she does not want more influence-she wants natural gas. Erdogan is very upset that Israel drills together with South Cyprus,that Israel and Lebanon have even agreed to settle their dispute about the nautical miles at the UN,and that the future pipe-line will pass through Greece,and not Turkey,as originally though.To quieten the EU,and Obama's objections ( he does not need too much convincing for Obama..),he agrees to deploy NATO anti-missiles shied on Turkish soil. Clever move,but has huge chances of backfiring.As usual,the Gaza issue is a very convenient smoke-screen.
Hundreds protest by Tel Aviv club where 'rape video' was filmed calling for club's closure (Haaretz)
from the article: Turkey must restore ties with Israel if it wants Mideast influence