What brought about the deteriorating Turkey-Israel relations - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 02.09.11 | 16:34 (IDT)

    I don't believe one needs to go too deeply into geo-political or human processes to understand what happened with Turkey. Erdogan is an active leader with ideas. He was chosen by Time magazine as the 17th most influential leader in the world in 2009. Among his activities he was trying to mediate between Israel (under Olmert) and Syria, which the rise of Netanyahu put an end to. Erdogan is a devout Muslim, and I take it that he really cares about the Gaza people who are pauperized under the Israeli "siege", which Erdogan wanted to help in lifting. Nothing to do with supporting Hamas. In the Flotilla incident, Turkey enabled the protesters after the "low chair" insult, but the Israeli clumsy response left 9 of them dead. QUESTION: What would have been a decent Israeli reaction? ANSWER: 1. Apologize to Turkey for the deaths, 2. Offer to pay some compensation to the families, and 3. Introduce some relaxaation of the siege on Gaza (which serves no known purpose other than collective punishment). Actually, Netanyahu himself did such things when Mossad agents were caught in Jordan trying to assassinate Meshaal. But with the flotilla, Israel's response was: 1. Saying no apology was deserved, 2. Blaming the passengers and calling the ship a "terror ship", 3. Lieberman claiming falsely that Turkey is being Islamicized (a deep insult to all Ataturkians), and 4. Stating that the present policies will continue because Israel needs security. (Later Netanyahu changed his mind and lifted a part of the "siege".) Don't be surprised of the resulting animosity.

    from the article: Turkey President: Expulsion of Israeli envoy is just the first step
    First published 16:18 02.09.11 | Last updated 16:18 02.09.11
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