The Turkey-Iranian diversion

Mladen Andrijasevic
Looking at Erdogan's moves the last few weeks one could easily conclude that the guy had gone raving mad. Sponsoring a terror attack on Israel with the group of Islamic propaganda kamikaze, and then lecturing Israel in Hebrew ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill', when only a year ago Shimon Peres at Davos read to Erdogan from Hamas's Article 7 - "Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him", is chutzpah, to say the least.

But now we hear that he is considering himself joining another attempt to break the blockade. Not only that, but has proclaimed that Hamas is not a terror organization and has considered sending Turkish troops to northern Cyprus in a deliberate escalation of tensions in relations with Israel.

One could be tempted to attribute this rapid succession of virulent anti-Israel moves to the idiosyncrasies of a just liberated jihadi mind, i.e. Erdogan has blossomed into what he always wanted to be, a open Jew hater so to speak, but this explanation does not suffice because the shift is so rapid that it is bound to hurt him politically with NATO and with the US, and he is not that stupid to be so open about it.

So what is it? How come he is willing to do it despite the downsides? The only other explanation is that he sees benefits from Iran just round the corner, very soon. So it could well be that his pal Ahmadinejad and Erdogan have concocted a way to divert the world's attention on to Gaza while Iran is putting the finishing touches on the bomb.

While the US will in the words of Defense Secretary Robert Gates ‘withhold judgment until that investigation is complete', despite all the video evidence, i.e. the US will try to be evenhanded between Hamas which considers Jews as ‘brothers of apes and pigs' and Israel, its long time strategic ally, the rest of the world has entered a state of anti Israel hysteria, a kind of hypnotic trance, the world's oldest sickness. The Iranian bomb is all but forgotten.

In other words, the Erdogan- Ahmadinejad diversion is right on track.


Looking at Erdogan's moves the last few weeks one could easily conclude that the guy had gone raving mad. Sponsoring a terror attack on Israel with the group of Islamic propaganda kamikaze, and then lecturing Israel in Hebrew ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill', when only a year ago Shimon Peres at Davos read to Erdogan from Hamas's Article 7 - "Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him", is chutzpah, to say the least.

But now we hear that he is considering himself joining another attempt to break the blockade. Not only that, but has proclaimed that Hamas is not a terror organization and has considered sending Turkish troops to northern Cyprus in a deliberate escalation of tensions in relations with Israel.

One could be tempted to attribute this rapid succession of virulent anti-Israel moves to the idiosyncrasies of a just liberated jihadi mind, i.e. Erdogan has blossomed into what he always wanted to be, a open Jew hater so to speak, but this explanation does not suffice because the shift is so rapid that it is bound to hurt him politically with NATO and with the US, and he is not that stupid to be so open about it.

So what is it? How come he is willing to do it despite the downsides? The only other explanation is that he sees benefits from Iran just round the corner, very soon. So it could well be that his pal Ahmadinejad and Erdogan have concocted a way to divert the world's attention on to Gaza while Iran is putting the finishing touches on the bomb.

While the US will in the words of Defense Secretary Robert Gates ‘withhold judgment until that investigation is complete', despite all the video evidence, i.e. the US will try to be evenhanded between Hamas which considers Jews as ‘brothers of apes and pigs' and Israel, its long time strategic ally, the rest of the world has entered a state of anti Israel hysteria, a kind of hypnotic trance, the world's oldest sickness. The Iranian bomb is all but forgotten.

In other words, the Erdogan- Ahmadinejad diversion is right on track.