The unmentioned factor behind Turkey’s turn toward IsraelSubmitted by Bob-45 on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 01:48
Ankara had numerous reasons to restore its ties with the Zionist regime its leader so recently castigated. Barely mentioned but foremost among them: Iran
By Mitch Ginsburg March 24, 2013, 10:57 pm
On Friday, seated beside President Barack Obama and speaking from a trailer at the airport, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at last mouthed the word “apology” when speaking to his Turkish counterpart, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, despite the limpness of the language that followed – some distance from his initial demands – accepted the apology and agreed to normalize ties.
Why now, nearly three years after Israeli naval commandos boarded a Turkish ship in the small hours of the night and, greeted with violence and fearing their lives were in danger, opened fire and killed nine Turkish nationals? Why now, some 18 months after the UN report on the raid was released and Erdogan expelled the Israeli ambassador from Ankara?