Within the past 24 hours, Turkey has gone ballistic on Israel since a UN report largely vindicated Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza against the Turkish flotilla which sought to bring weapons to Hamas last year. The Turks have withdrawn its Ambassador, suspended military co-operation and are now appealing to the International Court of Justice.
Talk about chutzpah. Turkey sponsored an act of state terrorism against Israel and it is claiming victimhood status. No wonder the Erdogan government feels such a strong affinity with the Palestinians. Daniel Pipes is not amused with Turkey’s mischief and has repeated his call upon NATO to either remove or suspend Turkey from the alliance. Of course, I doubt NATO would remove much less suspend its only Muslim member unless it were to attack another member of the NATO alliance and even then I suspect there would be some hesitancy to act against Turkey. The only way NATO would lose Turkey from its ranks would be they were to admit Israel as a member.
Of course, complicating matters are Turkey’s recent tensions with Syria over the influx of Syrian refugees escaping Bashar Assad’s barbarism. Last month, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned Syria that the “time for words will be over.” Of course, if Turkey were to attack Syria it would likely draw Iran and Iraq into the conflict with U.S. and Coalition troops caught in the crossfire. Has Turkey come to the realization that there are fewer consequences for it to turn its attention back to Jerusalem rather than to Damascus?