Turkey’s Problem With Israel Is Bigger Than the Mavi Marmara

Despite the wishful thinking of Israeli and Turkish pundits and politicians that a settlement of the Mavi Marmara affair would enable a renewed alliance between the two countries, this has little chance when anti-Israeli rhetoric serves to keep the current Turkish government in power and Turkish regional influence on the rise.

Turkey's government this week issued a sharp riposte to those Israeli politicians and pundits, and some Turkish ones, who believe it is possible to rehabilitate the battered relations between Israel and Turkey by ending the ongoing antagonism resulting from the Mavi Marmara flotilla events of May 2010. If it was thought that an official Israeli apology to Turkey, accompanied by the payment of damages to the...