By Raphael Israeli
An old Jewish story tells the tale of a Jew in
It is true that the Turkish-Israeli alliance which peaked in the 1980s and 1990s, and was manifested not only in military collaboration, sponsored by the top brass of the military, but also in economic and touristic interests, was developed when Islamic fundamentalism grew in the region, and the republican secularists of Turkey wished to avoid being swept by it (though Turgut Ozal himself was a religious Muslim, to whom Ataturk’s heritage was dear). They were all supervised by the military establishment, who had on three instances taken over power since 1960, and again in 1998, when Necmettin Erbakan, the Islamist Prime Minister, was seen as edging too closely to
The elections of December 2002 constitute, therefore, the watershed, when the compressed Islamic revival, which had been evident in backward and poor rural
Probably because the Palestinians had been Ottoman subjects, issues regarding them have always been an emotional matter for Turks. All the more so today when the Islamic government of
Since they came to power, the Islamists in
The outburst or enthusiasm in
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