Jewish Journal


October 14, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

October 14, 2012 | 1:58 am

Recep Erdogan storms off the stage at a debate in Davos, January 2009, after attacking Shimon Peres over Israeli military action in Gaza. (Photo: Reuters)


Erdogan, Sovereignty, and Israel

Arsen Ostrovsky of Algemeiner calls the Turkish prime minister out on his anti-Israel hypocrisy following Turkey's strong reaction to mortar fire from Syria. 

At the time of Israel’s response [in December 2008], Erdoğan unleashed a barrage of vitriol against Israel, the likes of which were unprecedented in the history of relations between the two states, calling Israel’s actions against Hamas terrorists in Gaza a “crime against humanity” and saying that “Israel must pay a price for its aggression and crimes”. He even went to so far as to call for Israel to be barred from the United Nations.


The New Sheriff in Town

Sarah Topol of Foreign Policy visits an outpost on Syria's border with Turkey that has fallen into the hands of rebel fighters.

Control of the border area is developing into one of the major struggles in the insurgency -- and a flash point that could draw Turkey into the conflict ... The rebels with whom I spoke welcomed Turkey's more aggressive stance with open arms, happy for any military support to weaken the Assad government. As the Assad regime loses control in the country's north, brigades like Northern Storm have carved out spheres of influence along the porous border. Despite their presence, however, the posts still rely on the goodwill of the Turkish authorities to function properly. At the end of the day, the Turks have the final say on what passes through, including aid, weapons, and refugees.

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