The fastest gun in the East

Erdogan’s obsession with Israel is visceral rather than rational

March 20, 2013 13:25
3 minute read.

Ergodan. (photo credit: Reuters)

Ironically, in late February, just as Israel- Turkey relations seemed to be taking a turn for the better, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan quickly drew his gun and fired a verbal bullet straight between the eyes by comparing Zionism to Islamophobia, Fascism and anti-Semitism, all of which he defined as “crimes against humanity.”

It was a month that had begun with reports of a high-level Israeli delegation holding negotiations in Ankara on the export of Israeli gas to Turkey. This was, to say the least, surprising. Until recently Israel had been conducting a gas romance with Cyprus, a bitter foe of Turkey’s. The change in direction towards Ankara pointed to a significant new beginning.


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