By Ted Becker
Until quite recently, Turkey was probably Israel’s key ally in the Middle East. This made sense since Turkey is by far the most successful Islamic democracy in the world. In fact, Turkey and Israel’s air forces were close partners, that is, until the Israeli military attack on Gaza from late 2008 to early 2009 in which a multitude of Palestinian citizens were killed and wounded. This high tech military operation against a civilian Muslim population brought about worldwide condemnation, particularly in the Islamic world.
Perhaps the greatest casualty, though, was to Israeli-Turkish relations. The Turks saw this as an atrocity and temporarily broke off diplomatic relations with Israel. Although that is now in the past, the anger and disgust among Turks with Israel festered. (more…)