Friday, May 25, 2012

Don't Exaggerate Turkey-Israel Row

"... Turkey had reason to be angry with Israel over the Gaza Operation.....But Israel has kept its tongue on issues like the on-going Turkish bombing of the Kurds, and the still disgracefully unsettled issue of recognizing the Armenian genocide.
If we are looking for arguments, there are many to be found, but it would be hard to see how Israel and Turkey do not fit into the same overall strategic context, especially in this region at this time.
Olmert is gone; Assad, for all intents and purposes, is gone; Gaza is living its life, if you can call it that, and there are much bigger issues at stake than yet another attempt to drive a nail into a relationship that should be better.
There is no contradiction between Turkish-Israeli ties and the Turkish desire to establish itself as a regional power. Israel would have no reason to object. On the contrary....
As for Turkey as a tourist destination again, wouldn't that be a delight?"

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