Turkey’s shift

Cooling of ties was not sudden and unexpected, it has been going on for a decade, ever since Erdogan's Islamist party began its rise in 2002.

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September 7, 2011 21:50
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Erdogan celebrates win in Turkish election

Erdogan wins 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Many Israelis are shocked anew by each of Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s premeditated and steadily escalated assaults on what were highly symbiotic relations between Israel and Turkey.

The ramifications are drastic not only on the diplomatic front, but also on the economic plane, as Bank of Israel Gov. Stanley Fischer has emphasized. Especially hard hit are the military ties that once underpinned the “special relationship.”

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