Erdogan: Israel’s Newest Arch Enemy

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Erdogan was imprisoned in 1998 for four months while a member of the outlawed Islamist Welfare party.  In August 2001, he formed the AK party and led it to victory in the February 2003 elections.  In March 2003, he became Prime Minister of Turkey.

A report drafted by the research department of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and published by Israeli daily Haaretz notes that “Ever since his party took power, Erdogan has conducted an ongoing process of fashioning a negative view of Israel in Turkish public opinion.  For Erdogan and some of those around him there is no distinction between ‘Israeli’ and ‘Jewish.’  Erdogan also turns a blind eye and grants legitimacy to anti-Israeli television programs of an inflammatory and anti-Semitic nature.”

In 2006, the Turkish production Valley of the Wolves: Iraq sparked an outrage in the Jewish world. It depicted Jewish doctors harvesting the organs of Iraqis and transferring them to Israel for transplants.  The upcoming episode of the same production titled Valley of the Wolves: Palestine due to be screened in January 2011 tells the story of a Turkish agent named Polat Alemdar who goes on a mission to Israel to extract revenge against the Jews – pay back for the Gaza flotilla.  In one scene Polat is asked “When did you come to Israel? He responds, “I didn’t come to Israel, I came to Palestine.” In another scene he is told, “You know you won’t make it out of the Promised Land,” and he replies: “I don’t know what part of this land has been promised, but I promise you six feet under.”

Turkey canceled a military exercise with Israel last year, and Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported on October 18, 2010 that Erdogan won’t attend a Mediterranean Conference on climate change in Athens if Netanyahu is there.  According to Ha’aretz, Erdogan said that he “does not want to talk to a prime minister who supported Israel’s raid on the Gaza-bound ship in which nine Turks were killed.”

Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister – a former foreign relations professor, and the chief ideologue of the AKP, believes (according to a 11/28/10 report in Israeli Hebrew daily Maariv) that “Israel will not be able to remain an independent state, and that in the area between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River a bi-national state will be established where Arab-Palestinians and Jews will live together”.  He reiterated repeatedly in a meeting with academicians and journalists prior to the flotilla incident his vision that Turkey will become the dominant factor in the greater Middle East and that the bi-national state will become in the next few years a Turkish dependency.

In Davutoglu’s assessment, Israel will be unable to sign peace treaties with its neighbors, including the emerging Palestinian State.  Davutoglu’s conclusion is that Israel as an independent state is illegitimate in the region, and it is bound to disappear.

Erdogan and Davutoglu are advancing a new regional order in which Erdogan through stronger ties with Iran and Syria, and Davutoglu through an ideological platform, seeks to create a new regional order in which there is no place for an independent Jewish State.

Since his reelection in July 2007, Erdogan has strengthened his ties with the Muslim world, particularly with neighboring Iran and Syria (Note: all three countries oppress their Kurdish minorities) while cooling his relations with the West.

It appears now that Erdogan is trying to outdo Iran’s Ahmadinejad with his burning hostility towards Israel, as he seeks to gain a leadership position for Turkey in the Muslim world.

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  • Dennis L.

    Once again Israel and the Jews are used as scapegoats for internal national politics. Turkish history is marked by Islamic dominance over non-Muslim minorities and ultimately culminated in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 under the Young Turk government of the Ottoman Empire and the continued killing of Armenians and Pontic Greeks under the auspices of the Republic of Turkey in the 1920s. Turkey's record of aiding Jews to escape from Nazi occupation is poor at best. One only has to recall the Turkish sinking of the Struma with Jewish refugees aboard. I would not be surprised if Erdogan and others are once again dreaming of Pan-Turkism and Pan-Turanism. Their support of terrorist states and groups demonstrates how far removed they are from Western concepts of democracy. Their support of Iran places their reliance as a member of NATO in question. Once again, it seems to the world that Jewish life is a cheap commodity. Before Turkey talks about Israel returning territory to the Palestinians perhaps Turkey should return the lands of historic Armenia and the Pontic region to their rightful owners.

    • Seth

      what a poor comparison? is this your line at dinner parties when people ask about the legnth of your nose?

      • MixMChess

        Truth hurts huh? I challenge you to show how his comparison is, as you say it, "Poor." Do you have any more intellectual capacity other than to just whine and cry that he is a liar? Don't worry, I won't hold my breath…

  • Mike

    He is the new hitler without a doubt, problem is the older jews who understand the value of eliminating a hitler before he gets out of control have died, seems like every generation must learn on their own, my prayers are with the innocent good jews in israel

    • Seth

      haha have you been to israel? there ARE NO innnocents. a antion of horrible peopel

      • MixMChess

        Have you ever been to Israel? I'm guessing not since your either a neo-Nazi or an islamofacist. Last I checked the only nation full of horrible people are the Palestinians whose entire culture is built from terrorism. What other people on earth actually takes pleasure in murdering their own children? Its sickening. The fact that Erdogen and the Turks would support these monsters speaks volumes, and the fact that you would defend them reveals your true nature.

      • dan

        hey seth, have you been here? also, i suggest you use spell-check or go to school or something…

  • Seth

    Maybe ISRAEL just isnt the poor jewish state everyone thinks? obviously they are hated for a reason….

    • MixMChess

      Nope, only irrational antisemites like you hate it. When did it become a crime for Jews to want to live in peace?

  • http://islamisationofturkey.blogspot.com fahad

    erdogan is changing turkey in such a cleaver way that western power and local secularists has no answer.If this way turkey continues after 30 years you will find new ottoman empire
    in middle east .http://islamisationofturkey.blogspot.com

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  • David

    The first comment hit it right on the nose!! Turkey should return the lands that it STOLE first!

  • Dennis L.

    I guess Seth's retort, if I am correct in my opinion, is a reference to the stereotypic depiction of the anti-Semitic exaggerated portrayal of the Jewish nose. I guess he also assumes that I am Jewish. Perhaps if he became more versed in Middle Eastern and Turkish history he would have something more intelligent to offer.