Turkey’s Islamist Factory Settings

  • Normalization of relations with Israel could bolster efforts to balance Iran’s growing regional clout.
  • “In the Middle East, everyone at some point realizes that there is a bigger enemy than the big enemy.” – Israeli official.
  • But in the Middle East, reason does not always overcome holiness.

Israel-bashing and the systematic fueling of anti-Semitic behavior have become a Turkish political pastime since Turkey downgraded its diplomatic ties with Israel in 2010. There has been, though, relative tranquility and reports of a potential thaw since June 7, when Turkey’s Islamist government lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since it rose to power in 2002. Continue reading