Supposed frienship with Israel is only a tactical deception played for US ears. Other realities on Turkey: 1. Turkey was never a democracy in the Western sense, to begin with. 2. Without periodic interventions by the Military - constitutional guardians of the secular republic - Turkey would have gone Islamist many times over in past 50 years. 3. By working to cripple Turkey's military guardians, EU candidacy process is working AGAINST secular democracy, not for it! 4. When strong enough, Islamists are bound to inevitably destroy secular democracy and institute Sharia regime (just like Iran and Gaza!). 5. At that point in time, a secular-democratic Turkey would be lost, not only for the Turks themselves, but for the whole Western alliance as well!
Israeli ambassador to U.K.: Elements of left 'in denial' about 'disease' of anti-Semitism (Haaretz)
from the article: Source: Turkey worried Israel's support waning over Kurd issue