Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Erdogan Using the Threat of Inflammatory Gaza Visit as Diplomatic Bargaining Chip



Is this the kind of statesmanship we expect from a serious country? Do the European leaders who talk glowingly of what a valuable diplomatic asset would be to the EU ever reflect soberly on the child-like petulance that seems to be the guiding animus of Turkish diplomacy?

From the Jerusalem Post:
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he will travel to Gaza if Israel does not apologize to Turkey for last year's Gaza flotilla raid, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported Wednesday.

From Debka:
According to DEBKAfile's Middle East sources, Erdogan's ill will and proneness to provocative gestures may be partly rooted in his frustration at being snubbed by Washington on a completely separate issue: Up until recently, he was certain President Barack Obama had tabbed him as mediator in the dispute between Muammar Qaddafi and the Libyan rebels. Last week, he suddenly discovered that Obama had asked Moscow to step up to broker an end to the Libyan war, cutting Ankara out of the lead role.
His Gaza visit may therefore be seen as a loud cry of protest.

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