The delegitimization, if not criminalization, of any opposition – political, media or cultural – by Turkey's ruling party coincides with a crucial referendum on expanding presidential power even further.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Just like Israel, Turkey and Italy have experienced turbulent times. Anshel Pfeffer took a two-week journey that highlighted the differences, but also similarities, between the three democracies - and returned optimistic.
What looks like chaos is actually part of a careful plan to destroy the existing order.
After emasculating the media and courts, Erdogan is taking his final move toward an authoritarian regime – neutering the parliament.
Parliamentarians trade blows during debate on controversial constitutional reforms that could leave President Erdogan in office through 2029.
Ramping up dialogue between the two countries, Foreign Ministry's director and his Turkish counterpart will discuss Syria, Russia, Gaza and the West Bank as last year’s thaw continues.
The president's refusal to veto the latest anti-Israel resolution in the UN will only further obstruct the direct talks that can advance the peace process.
Proposed law to reform the constitution and give president greater authority now faces debate in general assembly set for January.
Despite his mass purge of supposed rivals, supporters say the Turkish leader – whose AKP party just launched a reform that would leave him in office until 2029 – has done much for human rights and economic development.
All three nations understand that the violence that works with ISIS won’t necessarily end local terror. Yet at the same time, any attempt to negotiate with terrorists is considered treasonous.