Turkey, Israel's strongest Muslim friend in the region, summoned Israel's ambassador and said it would recall its own.NYTIMES:
"This action, totally contrary to the principles of international law, is inhumane state terrorism. Nobody should think we will keep quiet in the face of this," Erdogan told reporters from Chile, where he was cutting short an official visit to Latin America to deal with the crisis.
The Israeli commando raid Monday on an aid flotilla, which left at least nine people dead, has dragged relations betweenand Turkey to a new low, political experts here say, threatening to derail diplomatic relations between two close American allies.
Turkey, amember, has long been Israel’s closest friend in the Muslim world, with $3 billion in trade and strong ties between the countries’ militaries and governments. But relations began to deteriorate during Israel’s war in , when Turkey’s prime minister, , publicly sparred with Israel’s president, , at the in Davos, Switzerland.
Monday’s raid prompted street protests in Turkey and a strong official reaction, with Ankara recalling its ambassador from Israel, summoning Israel’s ambassador and canceling planned joint military exercises. That was enough to raise alarms among analysts here, who said it could seriously jeopardize already battered diplomatic relations between the countries.
“This will be perceived as a kind of declaration of war on Turkey,” said Cengiz Candar, a columnist for Radikal, a Turkish daily. “Political dialogue will cease. It’s not possible to contain the deterioration in relations anymore.”
REPEAT: “This will be perceived as a kind of declaration of war on Turkey,”
REPEAT: “This will be perceived as a kind of declaration of war on Turkey,”THIS WAS THE WHOLE POINT - AS I PREDICTED LAST WEEK.
AND OBAMA WAS PART OF THE PLOT.
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DIDN'T TRY HARD ENOUGH?!?
Asli Aydintasbas, a columnist at the Turkish Daily Milliyet, argues that the episode was a dramatic failure in diplomacy, for both the United States and Turkey. The new foreign policy pursued by Turkey’s government has given it a confidence that sometimes results in overreaching. For example, Turkey believed it could change Israeli policies towards Gaza.
“This was a disaster waiting to happen,” said Ms. Aydintasbas. “Both Turkish and American officials could have stopped the boats from moving forward. It’s clear they didn’t try hard enough.”
THAT IS O SO SO SOOOOOOOOOO FUHREEEKIN' NAIVE.
THE FLOTILLA AND THE INEVITABLE IDF RESPONSE AND THE PREDICTABLE EXPLOITATION OF THAT RESPONSE BY THE ISLAMISTS AND THE LEFT AND THE MSM AND THE "INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY" (BOLSTERED BY OBAMA) WAS THE PLAN (A PLAN PROBABLY HATCHED UP BY AYERS AND CODE PINK AND OBAMA), NOT THE FAILURE OF PLANNING!
IOW: NOT A BUG, A FEATURE:
- BOTH ERDOGAN AND OBAMA WANT ISRAEL DESTROYED.
- THE FLOTILLA WAS TIMED TO COME A WEEK AFTER THE NPT AGREEMENT ISOLATING ISRAEL AND THE DAY BEFORE A VISIT TO DC BY BIBI.
- NEITHER THE TIMING OF THE NPT DEAL OR BIBI'S INVITE COULD BE DONE WITHOUT THE USA'S AGREEMENT - MEANING OBAMA WAS EXPLICITLY INVOLVED.
EITHER NATO JOINS ATTACKING ISRAEL OR NATO IS DESTROYED. DESTROYING NATO HELPS RUSSIA AND THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA.
(MORE ON ANTI-WEST ANTI-NATO ISLAMIST TURKEY HERE.)