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16 April 2014, Wednesday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Turkey-Israel relations in the shadow of the Arab Spring: The need for a new paradigm

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30 April 2012, Monday /EMRAH USTA*
Unemployment, corruption, political degeneration, freedom of speech and appalling living conditions has led to a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests occurring in the Arab world, particularly North Africa and the Middle East.

Commencing with a Tunasian street vendor, Mohammed Bouzazi, setting himself on fire and causing a domino effect in the Arab Spring, preparing the ground for the destruction of the old order of the Camp David. The Arab Spring, which has contributed the countries to review their security and democratic paradigms, gives the oppurtunity to be included in the inward intervention with the power of the social media network against the dictators, while increasing the solidarity and self-confidence between the people. The Davos Summit, and the positively changing image of Turkey in the Arab world after the attack on the Mavi Marmara makes it indispensable for a new paradigm in Turkish – Israeli relations.

Search for a New Paradigm after the Palmer Report

The state of Israel, on which numerous commentaries have been made, began creating an earthquake effect on the conscience of nations with its implemented policies. The frozen relations after the raid on the Mavi Marmara and the Palmer Report being leaked in the following period stretched the relations with Turkey and left deep wounds in the conscience of the international community. The basis of these deteriorated relations advancing poorly is Turkey’s demands, including compensation, official apology and breaking the siege on Gaza. Israeli state coalition, on the other hand, remains as the main cause. The attitude of different viewpoints in the coalition has been influential in the developing process. Nevertheless, the attitude of Knesset, consisting of 120 people, 12 party and the 6-party coalition inside indicate Israel’s need for a new paradigm about Turkey. The news concerning a meeting held in New York has left the Israeli government in an arduous situation thereafter the unsuccessful negotiations in Haifa common diplomacy followed by the Geneva meeting. Particularly during the last summer months, Channel 2 television commentator Amnon Abramovich, referring to the Mavi Marmara Operation dedicated to the meeting held in collaboration with The Israeli Armed Forces, the Israeli Ministry of Defence law departments and the Israeli Ministry of Justice, in this regard, public institutions have reached a joint consensus on the request for an 'apology' and declared to provide a report to the Israeli government concerning the issue. Despite these statements were widely discussed in the Israeli press, the government’s attitude on not giving a clear response had left question marks in minds. During the mid July, the Israeli Foreign Affairs spokesman Yigal Palmor stated that 'He may be inconvenient to the lawsuits filed to the army and the officers, but this is not going to be the official opinion of the army and defense ministry'. This statement eventuated in focusing on the attitude of army-military in Israel. Turkey could have taken more serious steps about the raid, seeing the discomfort of the officers subsequent to the Mavi Marmara event. Turkey, taking a different attitude towards the Israeli army, beware of lawsuits that can be filed to the Israeli soldiers, especially in the international arena, could have taken a different channel of communication regarding the apology issue. The hesitation of the players to arrive to Istanbul for the Besiktas – Tel Aviv match is a concrete example of the attitude in the Israeli Ministry of Defence and the Army. Being undesirous of taking the players, soldiers at the same time, to the football game can be considered as a substantiation of the case. The Israeli authorities, at first considering a scenario of a possible arrest, subsequently changed their attitudes and brough the players to Turkey. Considering the precise attitude of Turkey, the Israeli Defence Ministry did not permit any cracking sounds in the army, suggesting different hesitations to the soldiers, who are players at the same time, which shows the significance attached to the seriousness of the issue. After the attack on the Mavi Marmara, Turkey took action on all of the relevant UN tables in earlier than 24 hours, the UN Security Council accepting the event with a presidential statement (S/PRST/2010/9) ,which ended up condemning Israel for its actions to the death of 9 people. The UN Secretary-General decided to create a commission in accordance with this call. Joseph Ciechanover from the Israeli side and Ozden Sanberk, a former ambassador, from the Turkish side were elected by president of this commision, Palmer, and vice chairman Uribe. Another disadvantage of the Commision was not referring to the statement of the victims of the attack. While the Turkish side presenting the concrete data they have in hands, the efforts of the Israeli side, concerning to stop the functioning of the Commision, can be said to be effective until January. While there are claims about the Israeli helicopters making a ground firing during the attack, and Turkey, claming most of its deceased citizens unfortunately had been killed from the back and from a close distance, shows there are mutually unhealty information in the preparation of the report, concerning the allegations.

On the other hand, Palmer and Uribe suggested in the report that the Israeli blockade of Gaza is a legitimate. From its nature, the acceptance of this issue is not possible. There are published reports and adopted resolutions by the UN Human Rights Council, concerning the unlawful blockade of Gaza. These decisions are approved by the UN General Assembly and has become a part of international customary law. The UN Security Council clearly criticizes the blockade. The international community converge in the illegal blockade of Gaza. Common sense and conscience tells us that this blockade is illegal. In so doing, Palmer and Uribe emerging with such a controversial thesis, of course, brings to mind that they are approaching the issue with political considerations rather than legal considerations. Turkey did not become a part of this picture. Since the end of April, when Palmer and Uribe gave a draft of the report, it was recorded that Turkey would not participate in such a qualitative study any more. The report was given to the Secretary –General, only reflecting the personal opinions of Palmer and Uribe, and were only signed by the two. The representative of Israel did not sign the report, as in consequence of the clearly identified crimes committed by the Israeli soldiers. From this context, it is clear to reveal that the report does not have any binding side. To the public opinion, the common view to be provided with fleets of freedom is that there is no doubt on the crimes committed by Israel and the attack carried out could not be accepted. In this axis, the implementation of pre-conditions strictly expressed by Turkey, could prevent the isolation of Israel in public revolutions churning with Arab Spring and could lead the relations with Turkey to a better level. The policies put into practice by Turkey, churning with impact and military tutelage over years, did not make an effect on Israel and the international public opinion. On the other hand, it is inevitable to say a different image of Turkey is created in the Middle East, in face of the public movements. In the Middle East, after the Palmer Report, an alternative public diplomacy is essential to the roadmap by the UN, makes it indispensable of the applicable policies for Turkey's insistence for the actualization on the pre-conditions.

Effect of the Arab Spring in Turkey-Israel Relations

With no doubt, we can say that the Israeli-Turkish relations are having its hardest period of the history. It would not be wrong to say that the Camp David period has come to an end with the shaping of the Middle East by the Arab Spring. After the Davos Summit, the Mavi Marmara raid left a wound in the relations that has never happened in history and led Turkey, in all conscience, to be the voice of Arabs in the international community.

After the Arab-Israeli wars, the fear of Israeli taboos injected to the people by the dictators for years, were broken with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Arabs in all of the conflict areas, primarily in Palestine, approached with sympathy towards Turkey. The Arab people, waiting for the upright posture against Israel for years, seeked to determine a more stable political stance in their own internal policies, in the face of the attitude of Turkey. Beginning with public movements and elections held wtihin the period, discussions were headed towards Turkey as a model country, and falling regimes conducted anaylis on the subject. The Turkish Model discussions, 'The Turkish Perception in the Middle East 2010' sub-titled report of Mensur Akgun within TESEV, conducted a survey between 2,267 people, including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, where 66% of the people provided a postive feedback to the Turkish Model and 18% of the voters did not believe it would be possible. Israel, not being able to prevent the increasingly powerful image of Turkey in the face of this perception, having its hands tied in the Apology and Compensation issue, does not make any improvement in the relations and nor creates a zone of influence that could provide mobility. The disappearance of Egypt, after the normalization of elite-based relations brought by order of the Camp David, is particularly dangerous for Israel in the Sinai. Radical Islamic groups, in particular, make possible accedings with elections in those countries, which would mean danger for Israel in its presence in the region. In this context, Turkey freezing all ties and relations with Israel is one of the essential issues that has to be considered for the terms of the legitimacy of the Arab-Israeli relations in the region. However, in this view, this does not mean Israel-Turkey relations among Arab perspective are going to be broken off altogether. Especially the blockade on Gaza and Israel's attitude of apology are going to be effective on the Turkish-Israeli relations in the following months. To be realistic, Turkey's relations with Israel does not seem possible to be completely removed to rack. This is due to both the delicate balance on which Turkey is located and the mediating role that may arise from possible crisis centers in the Middle East, providing opportunities for Turkey to intervene in. It is possible for Turkey to maintain its relations with Israel at a certain level but, in the long term, it does not seem convenient to do it at the lowest level. Turkey, coming down to the Middle East alone is not among the possible contingencies as Islamic countries have such a stableness in the Palestenian state. Having poor relations with Israel at the lower levels, one of Turkey's ally in the Middle East seems to be Egypt. However, the perception of Egypt on Turkey, and the collapse in the guardianship system concerning democratization in the military does not make it possible. On the other hand, Turkey’s common sense that may be posed in defiance to the perception in the region and Islamic world might turn this heroic adventure into a tragedy. Although the policies and the processes pursued by Turkey, with the forming of the new order, seem to be parallel with the U.S., the road often intersects with Israel.

During this period, where the U.S. was caught unprepared for the Arab spring, Turkey’s (except for the first quarter NATO intervention in Libya) attitude turned into an appropriate standing and a direct susceptive on the people. In this context, Turkey, clarified its not going to be a guarantor nor a model to the democracies, and is crisscrossed paths with Israel once again. Turkey wants to maintain its relations with Israel at a certain distance, but also sees it appropriate to keep the equation for its own political interests. Turkey, benefiting from the lack of common stand in in the coalition of the Israeli state and determining its own position in the Arab Spring, forces Israel to a new paradigm, who wishes to evaluate its security once again with Camp David. This paradigm will be conductive to further expansion of commercial viability of economic integration between Turkish-Arab people.

The impact on 'Double-Sided Trade' between the AKP-Israeli Relations

Israel and Turkey, being potential markets for each other, are two important feet of the international trade. Justice and Development Party government, acceding two years after the 2001 financial crisis, made various reforms in the economy, freed the burden of serious debt to IMF and declared no stand-by agreements would be done. Subsequently, the change in monetary policy rates and the rapid increase in exports, gave oppurtunity to open out with Turkey's economy, thereby, both inside and outside Turkey was enriched. The foreign trade capacity with Israel in 2009 was realized as 2.5 billion dollars, by 2010 this number exceeded $ 3 billion in the first 11-month period. Another data described by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics shows there is according to a 26% growth for the year 2010. Israeli exports to Turkey increased by 22% to $ 1,309 billion, while imports increased by 29% in Turkey, which amounted to U.S. $ 1,799 billion. Iron and steel products, motor vehicles, mineral fuels and mineral oils and copper generate the most important export items of our exports, while in imports, mineral fuels, organic and inorganic chemical products and electrical machinery are the most imported items. On the other hand, certain food, construction, and human labor force work in Israel. Turkey-Israel free trade agreement, Commercial Economic Industrial Technical and Scientific Cooperation Treaty, the Treaty of Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments and the Avoidance of Double Taxation Treaty, the Turkish-Israeli trade form the basis of a number of treaties. There are Turkish firms and corporations that invest in specific areas in Israel. Some of them, especially in construction of skyscrapers, power plants, water treatment plants, modern and formal housing, infrastructure facilities done by Yilmazlar Construction Group. Yilmazlar Construction Group is a Turkish company that has a serious reputation in Israel. Since 1993, especially in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Yılmazlar Construction Group, showing intensive activities in the fields of construction and infrastructure, is one of the companies that was recently awarded the Turkish-Israeli Businessmen's Council Award. Delivering investments on time, in both public sector and private sector, gained them a great confidence in Israel. Yilmazlar Construction Group Chairman Ahmet Yilmaz Reyiz was awarded Businessman of the Year in 2005 from among 400 Israeli businessmen. Other than in Israel, the company has investments in eastern Europe, and spread over a large region in Israel with 31 construction sites. Around 1000 Turkish employees are working on these construction sites, and around 700 Israeli workers are also employed. Yilmazlar Group is among the top 10 firms in Israel. In addition to the construction sector, comes Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Hamidiye Water Company., curing one of the most important wounds of Isael. There is no any direct investment made by Hamidiye Water Co. in Israel. However, meets the water needs in the region with dealerships by different investors. On the other hand, another major Turkish company in the region is Sabanci Holding. Sabanci Holding, in Israel, works in educational, social and cultural life, support, and in construction sector. Despite all these investments, the Mavi Marmara crisis, in a commercial sense, caused Turkey to break its relation unilaterally. After the bloody raid on Gaza aid ship, the crisis between the two countries effected the large-scale companies and the medium-sized grocery products in the region also suffered. Blue Square announced they are not going to import flour and pasta from Turkey anymore. On the other hand, Israel's Channel 10 television claimed that in last August, Turkey's loss in only chain of supermarkets is approximately 94 million dollars. Rafi Scheffer, CEO of Brand For You with the big supermarket chain Super Sol, expressed the view that the loss of Turkish goods in Israel is bad for economic relations and declared they are not going to break off relations with Turkey. On the other hand, the agricultural activities of MASHAV, constituting the foundation of Kibbutzim, is an important source of income for Israel's economy compared to other companies. The commercial ventures with Israel during the Justice and Development Party period, is of course not limited with these. The following are among the companies that invest in Israel; Carmel Carpets, who owns a 51% of Atlas Carpet that created a special carpet for Masjid al-Aqsa, Calik Group, who helped the port of Haifa, Solad Energy which aids power lines and the Zorlu Group, who signed an agreement to work in the occupied Palestenian territority with a great devotion. The Turkish pharmaceutical companies faced various challenges during the shipments of the medicine to the region, provided by TIKA after the attack on Gaza. Before the AKP era, particularly during the Erbakan period, claims of investment in the area remains up to date. The main point of delusion is due to the coalition of the Refah Yol (Welfare Road) power during that period. Tansu Ciller is thought to have a big impact in relations with Israel during the period. There has been a tension in the meeting held on 8/04/1997 between Erbakan and Danit Levy, Israel’s foreign minister, concerning Palestine and Al-Aqsa Mosque, which did not make these relationships possible for the Refah Yol. For this reason, relations with Israel in this period, have continued with high-level visits by Ciller-TSK (Turkish Armed Forces).

*Emrah Usta is a fellow at the Center for Strategic Research at Suleyman Sah University in Istanbul.

 
 
COMMENTS
Now the whole world can see who organised the flotilla to Gaza. The IHH is a terrorist organisation which supporting and financing Al-Quaida. Even you Turks came to the right conclusion by the interrogation you manage against the head of IHH. Now it is the turn of Turkey to apology.
kzeev
New paradigm ! Old paradigm! There is no paradigm . In spite of your delusional feelings of super importance in the region ,you actually have little or no influence .Do you have any influence over developments in Syria,Egypt,Iran ? Do you think the leaders in those and other countries in the region...
neal stone
"General Sherman" what an anbitious name! Actually the person who choose this display name is far from being even the shadow of the famous leader. But not this is the issue I wanted to talk about. Erdugan decided to change the friendly politics towards Israel and to change direction towards the Arab...
kzeev
To "general sherman ": Your comment about Greeks is racist,similar to the point of view the nazis had about us Jews . These are the facts : 1-Relations between our countries were excellent until Mr.Erdogan was elected . 2-In 2009 during an international meeting in Davos,Switzerland Erdogan insu...
nat stone
natstone (continued), I find it strange that you suggested that I disliked Jews or Israelis. As I stated before, I dislike terrorists regardless of whether they are Jewish or Israeli, but that is not the point I will elaborate on here. I don't know if you have noticed, there is far more Jewish/Isr...
GeneralSherman
bill, there are far worse kurdist, Aegean Ethiopianist (greekist), and christian persianist (armenia) articles on Zaman and I don't see you complain about them. There's no such thing as a "Muslim republick of the old Soviet Union". The Soviet Union, like Russia continues to do today, did nothing b...
GeneralSherman
This is hard to read. Very bad English. Please find someone to proof read your articles before publishing them in a 'prestigious' paper..
Meck
To "general sherman " .You seem to dislike us Jews and Israelis .You call us terrorists ! Your army is terrorizing the Kurds ,and what about your massacres of Armenians ? The Israeli and Turkish businessemen seem to get along .Trade between the 2 countries has inctreased 30% since the Navi Marmar...
nat stone
Yo, General Sherman. Muslim in english refers to recent converts who tend to be downtrodden or dark skinned Moslem refers to the totality of adherents and believers. A prominent establishment moslem would find it insulting to be called a muslim.
inge
Will Zaman editors be tossed in jail for not publishing articles like this one ? Is Turkey becomig like a muslim republick of the old Soviet Union ? Sure looks and smells like it. sajid
bill
inge, it's Muslim, not "moslem". The fact that you can't even show that iota of respect demonstrates what a ridiculous terrorist state israel is. "pride wounded"? Are you out of your gourd? This has nothing to do with "pride", you hilliblly. 9 people were murdered in international waters. Plai...
GeneralSherman
theo, I don't know what's worse about your comment: 1. admission of control by the Zionist apartheid state of a bunch of countries that have nothing to do with it or 2. that you think it's somehow a good thing.
GeneralSherman
John, get what done? You mean help israel bring more misery and murder to the Middle East? As if the last blood-soaked century wasn't enough for you? "push israel into a deep alliance with it's rivals"? What rivals? Surely, you're not referring to the Aegean Ethiopians are you? That bankrupt, ...
GeneralSherman
Yaacov, who needs israel? Are you so delustional that you think anybody's going to vote in a different government just to be friends with israel. Also, It's spelled "Muslim", not "Moslem". Sorry, but if israel wants good relations it has to apologize for murdering 9 people (5 of them kurds) in in...
GeneralSherman
Let say that Turkey is correct in everything and the truth is wrong. Turkey should man up and cut it out. No article to justify Turkey measures against Israel. After all who need Jews as friend? Turkey did so good to the world for the last 800 years and really who need little state with 65 years of ...
Phistook
Bla, Bla, Bla... It is very simple: No allys do hostile steps especially the other have been asked not to do so, unless they stopped to be allys. Turkey initiated and supported the breaking of the Israeli seage against smuggling weapons to Gaza and therefore should be aware of the consequences. The ...
kzeev
There's only one way to settle this feud... an outright war between the two and the winner takes all! But Erdogan seems to have lost his gun despite all the bravado and rhetoric!
GR
Center for Strategic Research ? Wow ! Fancy name for such a rambling article.
inge
This article is just as analytical as the Zaman report Israel was putting 20.000 fighters on Cyprus and building a gas terminal. Turkey has caught the Arab disease of lies, conspiracy and dellusion
bill
Look, we want to be in all those good places and still bombarding neighbours with unpleasant words for war of some kind. You want to live in a cave, move to place that's a lot of caves, like swords - go there,. Want to represent Turkey somewhat, please refrain from barbaric statements. Come to visit...
refrain
"In the Middle East, after the Palmer Report, an alternative public diplomacy is essential to the roadmap by the UN, makes it indispensable of the applicable policies for Turkey's insistence for the actualization on the pre-conditions." This is a better article than it appears; yes, the author prob...
Jack Kalpakian
I(t is time to take down this article which is an embarassment to Turkish academia.
ron
ME AND TURKEY ARE FRIENDS LIKE TWO BROTHERS NO DUFERANT BETWEEN US WE LOOK THE SAME WE EAT THE SAME THINGS WE LISTAN TO THE SAME MUSIC WE HAVE MANY THINGS IN COMMON
YUSUF BABA
SENI SEVI YOROUM TURKYE ISRAHELL IS A NAZI COUNTRY BUT JESUS CHRIST WAS A JEW-NOT NAZI
YUSUF BABA
I MISS TURKEY I LOVE TURKEY AND BOSNIA GOD BLESS TURKEY AND BOSNIA INSALLAH AMEN!
ISRAELI-GREY WOLF-TURAN
Without Israel, arab and islamic nations would mangle each other. Arab and islamic nations are incapable to live peacfully with each other. Israel is the only country in this region with a democratic policy. Its the only country without racism and is observing human rights. Human rights do not exist...
Susya Bar Dror
Israel is a nation created by Europeans as penitence for the crimes committed by Europeans against Jews over the centuries. But in doing so they have forced the Palestinian people to pay a horrendous price. By using the tactics of Nazis and European ethnic cleansers in the Americas Israel has shown...
Tana
Israel and its citizens like Turkey. This, despite the notorious antisemitic movies made in Turkey and broadcasted worldwide. And despite the hatred of MP Erdogan against Israel. Regarding the nine regrettable dead nine activists on the Mavi Marmara, they died because the israeli soldiers acted in s...
Susya Bar Dror
GREETING TO TURKYE I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK AND HAPINESS
YUSUF BABA-ISRAIL
the more i re-read this article to see what i am missing, the more i appreciate how pointless it is. i hope turkish academics can think with a clearer mind. certainly the foreign minister and his staff are from academia......
bill
TURANISM IS BETTER THEN ISLAM AVRUPA FOR THE TURKS!
YUSUF BABA
THE ZIONIST SPYWARE DISTERBE ME AND THEY DON'T LET ME FINISH they do all kind of things-and they don't let me finish my words WHAT I WANT TELL THE PEOPLE AOUZ BI ALLAH MIN AL YAOUD AL RAJIM
YUSUF BABA
Why all the criticism of this article ? It is rambling, confused and without focus. But so is the Turkish government. So what's the big deal ?
bill
ISLAM IS NOT THE ONLY SOLUTION FOR TURKISH EMPIRE AFTER ALL THE TURKS ARE NOT MIDDLE EASTERN PEOPLE AND DON'T ARYAN NATION MY FAMILY WERE IN AOUSHWITZ I"M HOLLOCAST SURVIVER NAZISM MAY RAISE AGAIN IN EUROPE WE NEED EACH OTHER I CONSIDER MYSELF TURKISH AND I LIKE TURKISH WOMENS TURKISH CULTURE...
HOSGELDIM TURKYE-AVRUPA
This article is trash. Turkey wants an apology from Israel when they (Turkey) should apologize to Israel for initiating this Mavi Marmara.
Moshe
Can someone explain what the new paradigm is ? The author cannot......
frank
This is really a wandering aimless article. I hope the Professor's students are near a coffee machine on their way to class
ron
Israel owes no apology to Turkey . Erdogan and Davotglu wanted to humiliate Israel to impress the Arabs .It backfired big time. If Turkey wants to improve relations with Israel,stop unrealistic demands and expectations from Israel .May be Erdogan should apologize for sending a boatload of terroris...
nat stone
I think Mr. Cherokee misses the point of Mr. Bill. Whatever talking like trash someone does , does not justify talking like trash too. If that is the justification, what does that say ? Not too much.....
helen
Cherokee, I do not read Israeli publications but I appreciate the suggestion I do so. I doubt I will find such non stop vitriol. Israel's population is over 30% non jewish, and an additional 30% are secular non practitioners. How does that compare with ANY Arab or muslim country ? The answer speaks ...
bill
Cherokee, I do not read Israeli publications but I appreciate the suggestion I do so. I doubt I will find such non stop vitriol. Israel's population is over 30% non jewish, and an additional 30% are secular non practitioners. How does that compare with ANY Arab or muslim country ? The answer speaks ...
bill
Mr. Yaacov, you are RIGHT. Israel is not needing Turkey. But it is Turkey that is needing Israel. Without Israel's support Turkey cannot be a member of the EU or be accepted as a civilized country. Leaders of Turkey should be thinking about this specially when dealing with Iran and Syria.
Ramesh
@ Bill: Apparently you've never taken the opportunity to look at the comments section of the Jerusalem Post, OR any Israeli newspaper. After being exposed to reams of such heinous hate for EVERYTHING that is not Jewish, I assure you that you will feel as if you need a shower to cleanse your SELF -- ...
Cherokee
There are comments here that have nothing to do with the article but lots to do with just venting rage and hate against jews. Publishing this kind of stuff where press freedoms are limited is not " freedom of the press. " It is bigotry and vitriol which makes the publisher look like a colluder. And ...
bill
If Turkey allows to be trampled by these Jew terrorists nothing really will change. jews are constantly insulting our religion, attacking and murdering our people, undermining our leaders and yet Turkey wishes to kiss the behind of the same Jew ..for what use? When will Turkey step up to Jew terror...
balkanmuslim
This analysis is typical of what's in the Turkish press about Israel and the Middle East. Long on bloviating,, short on substance. Erdogan is an Islamist with moslem world leadership ambitions. Turkish pride was wounded by the blockade running fiasco and loss of life. There is no more reciprociy and...
inge
Can anyone tell me what the new paradigm is that works for both parties ? The author cannot. Despite his article. Perhaps a reader who is a mind reader can ?
ronald
Was this article originally written in Turkish and then machine-translated into English via Google Translate?
Kob
Realistic article, well written. Some of the anti-Turkish commentators will only see things from the Israeli point of view to the extend that they will try hard to justify the boarding of Mavi Marmara in international waters (high seas) and the killing of nine innocent passengers as legitimate. The ...
AliA
This article goes around in circles and says nothing. Perhaps it is the first act for a whirling dervish performance ?
frank
This was a really low quality piece. I wonder how the author can be a professor and write academic articles, when I read this sub standard work.
Professor
There is so much ado about nothing in this article it makes me wonder if this professor exists or has a college degree of any kind. Not sure if writing or publishing this verbosity without content is more embarassing....
ron
To be clear: the deterioration of relations between the two countries didn't begin with Marmara incident, but some years before due to turkish initiative. Marmara was a turk plan to embarrass and to provoke Israel and it is is clear for all israeli people that even with thousands of apologies, Erdo...
theo
Turkey can talk to Israel like a friend and get things done. Or it can try to bully Israel and get nothing, or worse - push Israel into more deep alliance with Turkey's rivals. It's Turkish choice, not Israel's.
John
@ Yaacov: Your brain-washing is showing again. And, what about the apartheid, theocratic, undemocratic, oppressive, occupying, Jewish zealots???
Cherokee
Using MS-Word I counted in this "article" 2939 words in 212 lines. This is a world record in innovating nothing and twisting everything. As Prof. of Electrical Eng. I reviewed many articles, none as shallow as the present one.
DaniC
"Common sense and conscience tells us that this blockade is illegal." Quite to the contrary Mr. Ursa. It is the current Turkish Islamic sense rather than common sense that tells us the blockade is illegal. Common sense tells us that the blockade is indeed legitimate, confirmed as such by the UN spon...
Thessalonian
Like Charles Dickens, this writer must have been paid by the word. Unlike Charles Dickens, he has absolutely nothing to say. If he actually teaches, I pity his students !
ron
This author is a professor ? Mamamia ! What is the new paradigm he proposes ? I cant find one in this article despite its title. Does Turkey bear any responsibility for anything, like trying to bust a blockade against a territory firing rockets daily into another country ? There is an expression in ...
bill
Who needs Turkey? With your current government ANY relationship between Israel and Turkey is ridiculous. Get rid of the Moslem zealots and then maybe!
Yaacov
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