Turkey's Foreign Policy Reorientation! Problem Of Assertive Diplomacy
14 June 2016
By Dr. Abdul Ruff
Today, Turkey is facing three major problems and though it employs diplomatic
skills to cater for the redressal of those problems, it has not been able to
overcome the obstacles. The three issues the former Ottoman Empire is facing
are: one, its EU membership efforts against which many European countries
raise opposition, making Istanbul's entry into the European parliament as a
legitimate European state difficult, though the present Brexit move gives
hopes for its speedy entry; two, the Kurdish problem, fueled by outside
sources which has given a constant headache for the ruling AKP and its leader
Erdogan; and three, its effort to lead Islamic world that are spoiled by war
in Syria. Turkey's chances of becoming a veto power depend on the successful
handling by the government of these issues.
Turkey is doing a faster burn on the Kurds. Having waged a fierce war against
Kurdish separatists in southern Turkey, the Turkish government has taken
military action against the Kurds of Iraq and Syria to prevent Kurdish forces
from connecting two enclaves — one in Iraq and one in Syria — that could form
the geographic beginning of an independent Kurdistan.
Although Turkey has successfully resolved to sort out its issues with Russia
and Israel so that it could put at rest the challenges from both these
powerfully dictatorial states controlling the wars in Mideast by coordinating
their destabilizing operations along with USA.
found its assertive diplomacy is not yielding the desired fruits, Turkey has
revised its strategy and renewed its ties with both Russia and Israel.
Turkey and Russia
A NATO member Turkey and an anti-NATO Russia do not have close ties and in
fact ideally they cannot cooperate in international politics, either. In fact,
Turkey joined the NATO very early when it felt the Soviet threat and the NATO
used Istanbul in order to assert its 'traditional'' control over Islamic
world, including Arab world and Iran. USA and UK and other big powers
skillfully divided Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt to deny them a place
on the important UNSC veto system and made them fight for just non-veto
position on the UNSC for usual two years by rotation. In fact, these top
Islamic nations bitterly opposed each other on the UNSC with veto, unlike
Russia which fought for China, its communist ally then, on the veto regime.
Bilateral trade was normal
In the first four months of the year, Turkey's exports to Russia dropped to
$484.6 million, a 61.5 percent decrease compared to the same period of 2015.
The head of the Agriculturalists Association of Turkey (TZOB) earlier noted
that his sector's losses had reached $290 million over the year due to the
political problems with Russia. ''Russia's share in our fresh fruit and
vegetable exports was 39 percent on an amount basis and 42 percent on a value
basis. The sector's exports have been negatively affected since sanctions were
imposed by Russia on Jan. 1. While Turkey made around $368.2 million in
revenue in exchange for around 530,000 tons of fresh fruit and vegetable
exports to Russia in the first five months of 2015, this figure plunged to
around $78.2 million of revenue for some 113,000 tons of exports''.
A downturn in relations occasioned by Turkey's downing of a
Russian jet last November especially impacted economic and trade ties. When
Turkey developed tension with Russia over the latter's violation of Turkey's
air space, Israel moved swiftly to win over Russia and Netanyahu became a
regular visit to President Putin's office in Moscow as part of their joint
strategy in Syria and West Asia in general. Turkey felt the pinch which was
unbearable. Hence Turkey decided to move cautiously and make over with both
Russia and Israel, maybe on US advice.
effort to neutralize the badly tensed situation harming its interests has made
it a favourite of both countries.
Relations between Russia and Turkey have taken a nosedive over the Syrian
civil war, particularly after Turkey shot down a Russian plane. But even
before that, Turkey's support of Sunni jihadist organizations was a thorn in
the side of Russia, which still fears Sunni jihad inside southern Russia.
Russia has goals in Syria and Israel also has requirements.
After roughly nine months of disagreement, Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to revive their stalled
bilateral relationship in their first direct contact on June 29, fueling hopes
about restoring economic and trade ties. According to experts, recent moves to
normalize ties between Turkey and Russia will benefit both sides' economy as
well as the region's economy, particularly in the energy, tourism and trade
Russian Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev said the trade and
investment relations between Turkey and Russia would be rebuilt, according to
a TASS report on July 1. An expert from the Energy Markets and Policies
Institute (EPPEN) said the improving relations would make the most positive
contributions in the energy sector. Russia has heavily invested in Turkey's
energy sector and a possible resolution over gas prices would be significant
if both sides can agree. Nigyar Masumova, an academic from the World Economy
Department of Moscow State International Relations University, said the
normalization in ties was some good news during difficult days for the both
countries. Trade and tourism ties will return to the former levels in a short
time, while the planned Turkish Stream project could be delayed due to
economic problems in Russia. ''We believe that the sanctions imposed by Russia
on fresh fruit and vegetable imports from Turkey will likely be abolished in
the autumn,'' she added.
One is not very sure if Turkey shot down the Russian plane on the instructions
from Pentagon and that could the reason why Russia did not retaliate because
if it did retaliate NATO would attack Russian planes in the region leading to
a brief war. . The Middle East total bankruptcy and the only country that
Turkey can establish stable relations, start a dialogue and discuss political
options with is Israel. Ankara and Tel Aviv's increasing need to share field
intelligence seems to have triggered this normalization. Recently, Mossad
chief Yossi Cohen visited Ankara and met with the top brass of the
intelligence-security bureaucracy led by Turkey's intelligence chief Hakan
Turkey and Israel
Turkey and Israel had enjoyed a privileged relationship for more than 60
years. Before the flotilla raid, there was truly far-reaching military
cooperation between Israel and Turkey that dated back to the 1960s and peaked
in the 1990s. With the 1994 Defense Cooperation Agreement and 1996 Military
Training Cooperation Agreement, military-security relations between the two
became the most intimate in the Middle East. This cooperation was particularly
prominent in intelligence sharing, military training and the defense industry.
But relations between the two countries went into a deep freeze in 2010, when
Israeli commandos attacked a Turkish ship in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
With the 1994 Defense Cooperation Agreement and 1996 Military
Training Cooperation Agreement, military-security relations between the two
became the most intimate in the Middle East. This cooperation was particularly
prominent in intelligence sharing, military training and the defense industry.
In the early 2000s, in return for Israel's technical and intelligence support
to Turkey in combating the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Turkey shared with
Israel the intelligence on Iran it had collected in Iraq and Turkey. Israel's
combat pilots participated in the annual Anatolian Eagle exercises held at an
airfield in Turkey's central Anatolian province of Konya, where they conducted
training over mountainous topography unavailable in Israel. They also
conducted regular joint exercises in the eastern Mediterranean until 2010. In
return, Turkish pilots received training on surface-to-air missiles in Israel.
In the defense industry, the most recent joint projects were the modernization
of M60 tanks at a cost of $650 million and F-4E planes for about $1 billion,
procurement and operation of armed Heron UAVs for $200 million, electronic
reconnaissance and surveillance systems at $200 million, and procurement of
missiles and smart ammunition for $150 million.
and Egypt have come to a deep understanding of the sources of instability and
insecurity in Sinai, and the relationship between Hamas in Gaza and its
primary sponsor, Iran, as well as ISIS.
Mavi Marmara Gaza flotilla, the flash point
Turkey and Israel, mediated successfully by the USA and UK, have had excellent
relations, including regular joint military exercise, for many years until the
Mavi Marmara flotilla of 2010, symbolizing the beginning of a new chapter in
the freedom struggle of Palestine.
ship Mavi Marmara took part in a 2010 ''Gaza flotilla'' attempting to break
Israel's naval blockade of Gaza. After the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla Turkey
made three demands of Israel: an Israeli apology for the deaths of Turkish
activists; a financial settlement; and lifting the Gaza blockade, which Turkey
claimed was illegal. In 2011, however, the UN Palmer Commission Report,
produced as per the US-Israel demands, found the Zionist terror blockade of
Gaza — jointly perpetrated with Egypt — to be legal, and said Israel owed
Turkey neither an apology nor compensation.
at the urging of President Obama and to move the conversation off the impasse,
PM Netanyahu did apologize for the loss of life and agree to discuss
compensation. While Obama was pleased, Turkish President Erdogan repaid the
gesture by denigrating Israel on Turkish television and announcing he would
force the end of the blockade. Israel's condition — that the office of Hamas
in Ankara be closed — was ignored for the simple reason that Turkey Is not
occupying Gaza Strip.
Nevertheless, in February 2014,
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Turkish television that Israel
and Turkey were ''closer than ever'' to normalizing relations.'' And in
February 2016, there was yet another announcement of imminent restoration of
government-to-government ties. In March, Kurdish sources said Turkey was
already demanding weapons from Israel, but that Israel wanted to ensure that
Turkey would not use them against Kurdish forces.
Alongside mending ties with Israel, Turkey began repairing relations with
Turkey as well because restoring full relations between Israel and Turkey
would irritate Russia, with which Israel has good trade and political
relations, and understandings regarding Syria. Israel's relations with the
Kurds are also at issue.
Most of illegal settlers in Palestine are of Russian origin and are a powerful
group in the parliament and close links with Russia. And hence Israeli leaders
like Netanyahu enjoy free lunch at Putin's official palace In Moscow. .
Turkey's assertive diplomacy got revealed when in 2010 Turkey sent the Mavi
Marmara aidship with humanitarian assistance to breach the Israeli blockades
around Gaza Strip. Nine Turkish activists and one American from IHH
Humanitarian Relief Foundation were killed during an Israeli commando terror
raid on the Mavi Marmara cruise ship and blocked humanitarian help for the
Gaza Strip. Turkey broke off the bilateral ties forthwith.
On Nov. 24, 2015, Turkish F-16s shot down a Syrian-based Russian bomber that
had allegedly strayed into its airspace. This triggered a confrontation
between Ankara and Moscow, and especially between the two presidents, Recep
Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin. The Russian ambassador was recalled, harsh
and damaging economic sanctions were applied, and there were even threats of
The war of words and military muscle flexing in
Syria, the Caucasus, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean continued all through
the first half of 2016. Turkey requested a stronger NATO presence in the Black
Sea to help protect it against a more assertive Russia.
On the credit side of the ledger, Turkey has given shelter to
almost 3 million refugees from Syria – many of whom eventually began to move
on to Europe. As it gathered in strength, this exodus produced a paradigm
shift in the European Union's attitude. Suddenly, Turkish help was needed to
contain the migrant stream.
Brussels responded by
offering Ankara money and halfhearted concessions – some of them long overdue,
like visa-free travel
Problem of assertive diplomacy
History has shown that only the USA can effectively pursue assertive diplomacy
and so far even Russian has not be able to achieve it without US help as it is
happening in Syria.
Without being a superpower, Turkey faced serious opposition to its assertive
diplomacy because its punitive measures against Israel and Russia threatened
to cause damages to Turkey in the short term at least.
USA which shields the Zionist crimes against humanity has made
overtones to collaborate with Russia in Syria and Mideast East. So, Istanbul
sensed danger because Russia and Israel jointly begin a containment approach
After the Mavi Marmara incident,
intelligence sharing between the two countries came to an end, followed by
cancelations in military training and cooperation.. After the downgrading of
ties with Turkey, Israel conducted a series of military exercises with the
air, sea and ground forces of Greece and the Greek Cypriots with which Turkey
After pursuing an assertive diplomacy
for a few years, Turkey has now reverted to back to a big power policy format
that, as before, would not only get back to US-Israeli orbit but also realign
its relations with Russia with which it developed a serious conflictual
The reason for the former Ottoman Empire to
revise its policy in favor of Israel seems to be that it knew the e level of
influence over USA and many other countries that also began a negative
approach to Turkey after the Israeli –Turkish clash over breaching of Israeli
terror blockade to Gaza Strip. Turkey helps all big powers in selling their
terror goods to third world, including India.
isolated internationally no-account of its illegal colonies and genocides in
Palestine, Israel still calls all shots in Mideast with its arms and
triclomatic arsenals. Selling terror goods to third world and receiving aid
from USA and EU, Israel has generally good economic and political relations
with Russia and Turkey while Russia and Turkey are doing a slow burn.
Islamic world's bilateral trade with Turkey is not impressive. Most Muslim
nations have been purchasing terror goods from USA, Europe, Israel and Russia
while Turkey has not made any serious effort to build up its economic
relations with Islamic world. Antagonism with Israel only harmed turkey as
Islamic world has not come for economic ties with Istanbul in order to assure
it their support.
True, for too long Turkey rejected
Israeli moves to restart the diplomatic and military relations. But since
2014, therefore, Turkey has been searching to renew ties with Israel. Saudi
Arabia's tensions with Iran and the USA after the West-Iran nuclear deal in
2015 have encouraged Saudi rapprochement with Israel. Turkey followed the suit
accepting the new reality and realignment with Israel was found to be
''profitable'' option. In fact, this is part of a new regional reality, where
those countries, along with Qatar and Jordan, fear spillover from Syria and
Turkey learns that it cannot pursue any assertive foreign policy in order to
advance its legitimate interests globally without the help of USA and with
Israel opposing it as a counter force, especially when USA and Israel operate
Turley has begun to take sharp turns in its foreign policy. Following a
statement by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that Turkey will pursue a more
realistic foreign policy to decrease enemies and increase friends, the first
major turn has appeared in Israel-Turkey relations after May 31, 2010, when
the Israeli military raided a Turkish flotilla that was trying to break
through the Israeli blockade and deliver humanitarian relief supplies to Gaza.
10 Turkish nationals and an American aid worker were among those killed by
Israeli military attack. While Turkey strained its ties with arrogant and
fascist Israel, USA did not consider the killing of its citizen by Israeli
military as a crime at all because he was not killed by Islamic terrorists.
Over the past two weeks, three remarkable things happened. On June 26, Israel
and Turkey agreed to restore normal diplomatic relations, potentially
unlocking the development of huge offshore natural gas fields in the Eastern
Mediterranean. The next day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced that
Erdogan had apologized for the downing of the Russian warplane in a letter to
Putin. Russia lifted its ban on package tours to Turkey the same week, and
relations began to normalize.
An important reason for the revision of foreign policy in relations with
Israel is the Turkish armed forces that pressured the government about their
needs and projects the AKP government could not ignore the demand of military.
Also, because of its disturbing isolation in the region and with inadequate
support from the USA and NATO, had no choice to but turn back to Israel for
regional military-security cooperation. The growing profile of Iran, the
regionalization of the PKK threat and regional developments around Hamas, the
Islamic State (IS), Iraq and Syria have laid the ground for Ankara and Tel
Aviv to cooperate
Today, Israel is the country closest to the US and Russia. That is why Israel
can play a middle role in preserving Ankara's relations with the US at an
appropriate level and also help normalize relations with Russia.
However, it is unlikely that Turkey-Israel relations will be restored to 1990s
levels anytime soon but this may help the shaping of a new geopolitical
equation for the eastern Mediterranean and facilitate their counterbalancing
of Iran in the region.
Naturally, the PKK, Hamas, Iran, the Syrian regime, ISIS and Russia won't be
happy about rewinding of bilateral ties. Israel wants Turkey to help play a
more active role in NATO. In ore rot take Russia on board to reduce tensions,
Turkey has made up with Russia as well.
Notwithstanding the benefit both parties, rapprochement between Israel and
Turkey is likely to be much more expensive for Turkey.
Zionist criminal mindset: Politics of convenience?
Turkey and Israel are reported to have reestablished full diplomatic ties
after more than half a decade. The history of how Israel and Turkey had such a
deep falling out goes back seven years. In January 2009, at a World Economic
Forum meeting at Davos, members of an international panel were waiting to wrap
up and get to dinner when then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan demanded to
respond to Israel's President Shimon Peres. Taking off his simultaneous
translation earphones, he told Peres, ''Maybe you are feeling guilty and that
is why you are so strong in your words. You killed people. I remember the
children who were killed on beaches.''
Not only has
the US ally Israel killed Palestinians, it, having assumed as a super power,
also killed Turkish people. A little over a year later, on May 31, 2010, nine
Turkish activists from IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation were killed during
an Israeli commando raid on the Mavi Marmara cruise ship that was trying to
break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. Erdoğan ordered the Turkish
ambassador to leave the Jewish state immediately, claiming the raid was
contrary to international law and tantamount to ''inhumane state terrorism.''
Relations between the two countries cooled severely. Given
Turkey's relationship with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed
Morsi in Egypt, it seemed to be growing closer to groups that were
traditionally hostile to Israel. Israel fought three wars against the ruling
Hamas in Gaza since 2009, and Turkey has demanded Israel lift its blockade of
the small strip.
Last year, things have taken a
dramatic turn. Returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia, Erdoğan said that Turkey
''needs'' Israel (gas and terror goods) and asserted that Israel needed
Turkey, ''a fact of the region.''
agreement was supposed to include long-term Turkish demands at compensation
for the deaths in 2010, as well as a decision about Gaza. B. Netanyahu had
consented to another Turkish demand in 2013 by issuing an apology of sorts in
a phone conversation with Erdoğan. US President B. Obama was reported to have
a close role in encouraging the conversation to take place.
The rise of the AKP in Turkey's 2002 elections changed the
diplomatic playing field. New faces in Ankara were less interested in Israel
and more interested in a new regional paradigm that would see rising Turkish
influence. Turkey sought to mediate between Israel and Syria over the Golan
Heights in 2009. Erdoğan was shocked by fascist PM Ehud Olmert, who
mercilessly killed even children to win the general poll, visiting him in 2009
and then going to war in Gaza, rather than concluding a deal with Syria.
Israel's military minister Ehud Barak said Israel did ''teach the Turks a
Erdoğan was ''personally offended'' and felt
humiliated by Israel as USA watched the terror show on sea by Zionist military
using US terror goods. . It was in this context that Erdoğan sat with Peres at
Davos and accused him of killing Gazans. The resulting deaths irrevocably
In March of 2016, Israeli Energy
Minister Yuval Steinitz met Erdoğan in Washington and discussed the war in
Syria, Iran's presence there, terrorism—and natural gas. Reuters claimed that
the issue of Israeli exports of natural gas to Turkey was an essential piece
of the puzzle because Turkey has been weaned of Russian gas since their
relations strained over Syria.
Implications of realignment
The implications of this policy shift are enormous. It will integrate the
refugees into Turkey's economy, which is likely to accelerate growth –
especially since many of the Syrians are highly qualified professionals. It
also strengthens Mr. Erdogan's political base, giving him a new cohort of
The realignment process will have implications for the Syrian conflict,
natural gas exports and Saudi-Israeli relations. Israel has always sought to
maintain good relations with the Turks, and the two countries had enjoyed
relatively warm relations since the 1950s. Turkey was the first Muslim country
to recognize Israel. As a powerful non-Arab state in the region and NATO
member, Turkey was aligned with Israel during the Cold War. Several founders
of the state of Israel were educated in Istanbul, and there was an affinity
between the two country's national movements.
The larger picture is the regional chaos that has unfolded since the break in
relations in 2010. The Arab Spring in 2011 brought Morsi to power in Egypt.
And when rebellion broke out in Syria, Turkey hoped that the Syrian rebels,
whose more Sunni Islamic ideology tended to meld well with Turkey's own AKP,
would push Bashar al-Assad from power. But the rebels faltered, Islamic State
took over part of Syria, and the United States and UK decided not to bomb
Assad in 2013. Turkey continues to support Syria's rebels, but it knows Assad
will not fall. Morsi was pushed from power in 2013 in what Turkey considers a
As Turkish renewal move was taking place Saudi Arabia and Egypt also began
closer relationship. Recently, Egypt and Saudi Arabia upgraded relations with
Egypt ceding back to the Saudis two islands that Saudi Arabia had given Egypt
in 1950 to help Egypt fight Israel in the Red Sea. An Egyptian court however,
has struck down the Egypt-Saudi islands deal. The Egyptian government informed
Israel of the parameters of the deal, noting that Riyadh would be obligated to
honor all of Egypt's commitments in the peace treaty with Israel, including
the presence of international peacekeepers on the islands and freedom of
maritime movement in the Gulf of Aqaba. Israel approved the deal ''on
condition that the Saudis fill in the Egyptians' shoes in the military
appendix of the peace agreement.''
In sum, these moves
transform Turkey's position. Europe will have to reconsider its hypocritically
superior attitude toward a country that is an indispensible regional partner,
and which has also done much more for Syrian refugees than the EU itself.
What is most encouraging about these developments is their
common denominator: pragmatism. This may bode well for resolving Turkey's
worst predicament, the Kurdish conflict, which has degenerated into a
near-civil war raging in the country's southeast.
Pragmatic leadership in Ankara, dealing from a position of strength, may find
ways to accommodate Kurdish interests within the Turkish republic. This
solution could even prove attractive for the Kurdish state in northern Iraq,
which might become Turkey's close associate. Turkey opposes the Kurdish
movement for a soverign state. Maybe, Turkey thought Russia and Israel could
openly support the Kurdish movement for a separate state.
Perhaps the most important development of the past two weeks is
President Erdogan's offer to grant Turkish citizenship to Syrian refugees in
Turkey is now back as a leading regional power
in the Eastern Mediterranean.
USA knows Israel's security is tied with that of Palestine and Israel cannot
ensure security of its lands and people if they don't allow security and
freedom to Palestinians.
Turkey insists Israel breaks
all terror blockades around Gaza strip and let the Palestinians have some
freedoms. To meet Turkey's condition, Israel would have to abandon the terror
based security arrangement it shares with Egypt against Palestine, which has
increased Israel's own imagined security and pay regional dividends. Israelis
are cleaver people who know its security is linked with the security of
Palestinians and with intermittent terror attacks on Gaza, Israel cannot
ensure its security.
Even when Israeli military keeps
attacking Palestinians in Gaza Strip, killing even women and children, in
2011, the UN Palmer Commission Report found the blockade of Gaza — jointly
administered with Egypt — to be legal, and said Israel owed Turkey neither an
apology nor compensation. It argued that lifting the Israel/Egypt embargo on
Gaza would empower Gaza rulers Hamas, and thereby the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran
and ISIS — which would seem an enormous risk for no gain.
Quartet should have worried about mutual security for both Palestine and
Israel as a two state solution is looming large to enable both Palestine and
Israel exist side by side. However, like Israel and USA, the Quartet is also
interested in Zionist expansionism and one state idea of Jews.
Turkey's decision to renew ties with both Russia and Israel is timely as it
did not want to precipitate the conflict further and that move welcomed even
by intentional community wanting peace.
The EU issue of Turkey remains intact, though the recent Brexit move gives
hopes for its speedy entry. The Kurdish problem, being accelerated by the war
in Syria and ISIS attacks is not easy to solve but by realigning with both
Russia and Israel, the problem cannot wire explosive. With a shift assertive
diplomacy in favor of peaceful one, Ankara can now try to shoulder leadership
of the Islamic world along with Saudi Arabia.
Netanyahu has publicly supported the establishment of a Kurdish state. Even at
the peak of Israeli-Turkish relations, Israel's support of the Kurds has been
a relatively open political secret. Although the Israeli government
consistently denies providing weapons, reputable sources suggest, at a
minimum, training for Kurdish forces. Most recently, Israel acknowledged
buying oil from Kurdish sources in Northern Iraq, and IsraAid, an Israeli
humanitarian organization, provided assistance to Kurdish refugees fleeing
Turkey's problems with Israel, Russia and Egypt are based purely on principles
because they wronged with Turkey by taking undue advantage of the US led NATO
war on Islam (terror war). Turkey's prompt action as a soverign Muslim nation
having regard for Islam led to deterioration of relations with all these three
The Arab Spring and NATO terror wars on Islam for energy resources, the US
attacks on Libya and Syria, followed by Russian military intervention on
behalf of an adamant Assad, among other factors, made Israeli fascist
occupation and crimes against humanity fairly easier as it also claims
legitimacy for its crimes and occupational settlements.
For Israel to trade its increasingly important relations with
Russia, with Egypt — and thereby with Saudi Arabia — and with the Kurds for
Turkish political approval and a promise to buy Israeli natural gas would seem
to be a good idea for future deals.
developments taking pace with Turkey playing active reconciliation role are
likely to give benefit to Mideast and Israel by negating and ending the
Israel-Egypt terror blockades of Gaza.
In order to
conduct smooth foreign policy globally, especially in Europe and West Asia,
Israel needs to lift the Israel/Egypt embargo on Gaza by removing all terror
blockades without unnecessarily wasting brains if the action would empower
Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood or Iran or ISIS because maintaining the
blockades would never let Israel gain credible security, though Palestinians
would continue to suffer and continue to fight for survival and sovereignty.
By giving defacto status the UN has already declared Palestine state a
Time is over for Israel, UN, ICJ and Quartet
to consider seriously about a soverign Palestine state and peace in West Asia.
If the ICJ and ICC think no peace is possible in Mideast unless Israeli
criminals are punished, then they should first punish them. US leaders who
have promoted the criminal Zionist regime in Mideast must also deserve
punishments for their deliberate crimes, including misuse of the veto to
shield the Zionist crimes against humanity.
Turkey's shift in foreign policy structuring, will Russia and Israel become
true allies of Turkey?
This trillion dollar question
deserves a definite answer if one is forthcoming.