'Erdogan winks to political right with populist rhetoric'

WikiLeaks: US cable shows Turkish PM sought support from right at expense of strong Turkey-Israel relationship.

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January 3, 2011 23:29
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan voting

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The deterioration in Turkish- Israeli ties has much to do with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to gain domestic support from those on his political Right, according to a US cable placed on the WikiLeaks website on Monday.

The cable, written on October 13, 2009, by US Ambassador to Turkey James Jeffrey and coming months before the Mavi Marmara incident that sent ties between the two countries on a downward spiral, said that while the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the “Turkish General Staff agree with us that a strong Turkey-Israel relationship is essential for regional stability, PM Erdogan has sought to shore up his domestic right political flank at the expense of this relationship.”

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