by Raphael Israeli
We have become accustomed at being outrageously bashed by countries whose standards of international behavior leave much to be desired, when the same matters concern them, they cynically and hypocritically absolve themselves but criticize
Prior that, it was Foreign Secretary Jack Straw of Britain, who as Home Secretary had let thousands of terrorists take shelter in his country, and now as a member of the government which has eliminated hundreds of innocent civilians in Iraq, that had never remotely threatened the security of his country, came out harshly against Israel who had dared to defend itself against armed terrorists who threaten her, day-in-day-out on her very border. America and Britain, who have been seeking, arresting, incarcerating, trying and eliminating leaders of terror, are reproaching Israel for acting similarly, when eliminating heads of terror, in what Israel persist to call "targeted assassination" implying a criminal offense, while their destruction of entire villages in search for Bin Laden and his likes, and their (non-targeted) murder of hundreds of innocent people in Afghanistan and Iraq, goes down as a "collateral damage", not worth mentioning. Again,
And now it is the turn of
Israelis should be aware that the Turkish alliance with
The Islamic movement took a new name, and under Erdogan it won a sweeping majority, giving it a command of the government, the Parliament and the country, an indication of the depth of Islamization there, in spite of the illusory mitigations that we hear from all sorts of experts who assure us of the tenacity of the alliance between Turkey and Israel. For starters, the new government did what President Ozal would not have dared to do a decade earlier, when Turkey was a main base of attack against Iraq in 1991, when it refused American troops the opening of a second front during the 2003 war, something that shocked the Americans and forced them to revise their war plans and to alter their schemes. They could not break with
But now Erdogan is getting stronger, well-established and unchallengeable. IN a few years, after a new command is constituted of newly nominated officers loyal to the Islamic regime, the time will come when the Islamic Party under its new garb, will be able to dare a foreign policy independent of the military. And although for the moment economic and strategic interests are still serving as a glue in maintaining the ambiance of alliance and cooperation, the warnings are ominous when a country that threatened to invade Syria in the past is attempting to mend fences with it, dubs Israel, its "close ally" a "terrorist state", elects to see Yassin ravage Israel with terrorism than to see him go, openly and blindly takes the Palestinian side in any conflict with Israel, and has been frantically busy to improve relations with the Arab and Islamic world. The Islamization of Turkey will be pursued, not blocked, under the Islamists, not only under pressure of the populace, but mainly because Islamization has been part of the political platform of that party. Appeasing Turkish rulers, by passively absorbing their bashing in silence, will not alter their growing hostility anymore than the same passivity has served
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