No Real Basis to Turkey-Israel "Reconciliation" Narrative

(Jerusalem Post) Seth J. Frantzman - With its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood and support for Hamas, the AKP, led by President Erdogan, is a reactionary far-right religious party. Turkey burned down the relationship with Israel due entirely to the ideology of the current regime in Ankara. Some argue that Turkey is a natural rival of Iran because it is a "Sunni" country and thus destined to fight the "Shia" in Iran; also that the Ottomans are historic rivals of the "Persians." Yet there is no evidence of Turkey and Iran clashing. Over the last decade, Turkey's leadership often hosted its Iranian friends. If Ankara wanted to work with Israel against Iran, it would have done this over the last decade. Instead, Turkey uses drones to attack Kurds and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, encouraged war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and threatens Greece. Turkey basically fights everyone, except Iran.

2022-01-31 00:00:00

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