|Turkey's PM Erdoğan balancing act between Syria and Iran requires|
harassing Israel for an apology on Mavi Marmara.
And what is
Turkey's diplomatic struggle against about? It is about securing Israel Turkey's potentially odd-man-out position between Iran and Syria. It is about playing for time by using the Israel-card to win points in a neighborhood that seems to be falling apart at the seams.
In a scathing article in Hurriyet Daily, Burak Bekdil points to the cracks appearing in "The willing trio of Islamist/anti-Zionist/Third Worldist “brothers”
Turkey, Syria and Iran..." resulting from Turkey's unhappiness over 's brutal crackdown of protesters. Apparently Syria Iran is furious that Erdoğan called Assad's methods 'savagry' and accused of helping to arm the 'Syrian terrorists'. Further, Turkey 's Revolutionary Guards newspaper warned that, “’Should Turkish officials insist on their contradictory behavior and if they continue on their present path, serious issues are sure to follow.” And further, " Iran Iran will choose Syria over , if it had to choose." Turkey
Well with this diplomatic mess
Turkey has got into, who wouldn't pick on in order to sustain his Islamist/anti-Zionist/Third Worldist bonafides? Yet as Bekdil comments, it's tricky maintaining the, "policy of constant Israel-bashing each time the Jewish state disproportionately responded to terrorism and killed a few or more than a few – sometimes innocent – Muslims, while Muslim states killed mostly innocent Muslims by the thousands..." but if it means, in this instance, postponing the Palmer report indefinitely and harassing Israel, Turkey's leaders will give it another try. Pity the Obama administration doesn't understand this ploy and is busy urging Israel to apologize. Israel
On a related note, earlier this year, while Iran and Turkey were still best friends, Bekdil, again in Hurriyet Daily, set about contrasting their positions on Israel as "Muslim Turks want a ‘smaller Israel,’ whereas Muslim Iranians want ‘no Israel.’"
“The difference between the rhetoric of Messrs. Ahmadinejad and Davutoğlu (
Turkey’s Foreign Minister) is that the Iranian talks about “no Israel” in plain language while the milder Turk talks about a “smaller ” in subtle language. To achieve the goal of “no Israel ,” the radical Mr. Ahmadinejad resorts to bombs he says he is not building. For his “smaller Israel ,” the moderate Mr. Davutoğlu resorts to politics. Israel
"The foreign minister recently said that “it is now time to naturalize the flow of history” with which he probably did not mean granting broader rights to Turkey’s Kurds or officially apologizing to the Armenians for the genocide he says did never exist. Here is how Mr. Davutoğlu thinks he can achieve his goal of “smaller
Israel (or of praying at al-Aqsa Mosque in the Palestinian capital): “As a member of the Group of wants to be a leader of a new order… The United Nations and its policy-making bodies should no longer comprised to the winners of World War II, they should represent the whole world.” Twenty, Turkey
"The idea looks worth trying. For a trial period imagine putting
Iran, Turkey, Venezuela and Hamas’ in the U.N. Security Council as members with veto powers. Sounds like real excitement and fun." Palestine
And we haven't even mentioned Erdoğan attempts to divert attention from his bombing campaign against the Kurds.