— The Erimtan Angle —

‘Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan says Israel will be brought into account for “tyranny” and justice will be served. Gavino Garay reports (3 August 2014)’.


Or, one could say, like any good Muslim, Tayyip Erdoğan is sure of divine retribution, promising his believers that adopting a wait-and-see policy is the only thing one can do in order not to detract the higher power from delivering the goods . . . In the end, talking tough while walking lame is what the self-proclaimed “darling” of the Arab street (on account of his One Minute stunt at Davos) does best . . .

Associate Professor Savaş Genç from the International Relations Department of the Fatih University in Istanbul asks wryly “[w]hat cards does Ankara have to play to reach a peaceful solution in Gaza? Did Ankara threaten not to allow Israeli gas to pass through Turkey? Did it say that it’s going to cut Turkey’s trade ties with Israel? Or did Ankara say that Turkey will end its military relationship with Israel? If not, how is Ankara going to be an effective negotiator? . . . Mr. Erdoğan is very skillful in transforming the pain of others into votes. The Turkish public perceives Erdoğan as the hero of the Egyptians and Syrians. However, all Erdoğan is doing is playing politics. Be aware that Ankara has paid no attention at all to the Ukraine crisis so as not to disturb Russia and, thus, has not heard a word of complaint from the Crimean Tatars [either]”.[1]


[1] “Erdoğan uses Gaza as domestic policy instrument” Today’s Zaman (03 August 2014). https://www.todayszaman.com/monday-talk_erdogan-uses-gaza-as-domestic-policy-instrument_354488.html.


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