The takeover of the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmaris by Israeli commandos led to demonstrations in numerous places around the world. People in
This is unusual for the Iranian government.
So far, four days since the crisis started, we have not seen any major demonstration in
So what has happened?
Khamenei is fearful. Not of
Last year's Qods Day turned into an opposition event. The same could happen this year if he arranges demonstrations against the flotilla incident, especially since we are close to the anniversary of the 2009 Iranian presidential elections. The very fact that opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi issued his own statement against Israel calling it a "violator of human dignity" makes Khamenei's concerns more valid.
This is a clear sign that one year on from the elections, we are no longer looking at the same
There is another factor that should concern Khamenei.
Which other Muslim country has enough credibility, power and self-confidence to do what
The icing on the cake came when prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a very clear ultimatum to the Israeli government: free every single Turkish citizen, including those who assaulted your soldiers, otherwise our relations will suffer. Within three hours, Binyamin Netanyahu had accepted. Had this been an Arab country, including those that
It's the same in the Middle East, where
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