Israel’s Turkish dilemma: To lead with head or heart?

27.12.2011                      1.Tewet. 5772                       Channuka 7                      Rosch Chodesch 2

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Israel’s Turkish dilemma: To lead with head or heart?

Analysis: Open Knesset debate over officially recognizing Armenian genocide was gut responding to deteriorated Turkish-Israeli ties.

After listening to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan use Israel as a rhetorical whipping boy for years; after seeing Turkish militants with metal bars attack Israeli commandos enforcing a legal naval blockade of Gaza; after hearing the Turks threaten to deploy warships to accompany another flotilla to Gaza; after watching Ankara unceremoniously show Israel’s ambassador the door; after taking note of Erdogan saying Israel has killed “hundreds of thousands” of Palestinians, the gut simply wants to say, “To hell with Turkey”.
The mind, however, has a different take. It thinks back 10-15 years to the golden age of Turkish-Israel strategic ties and hopes to recapture some of that magic. It says the US is keen on Israel and Turkey repairing their broken relationship because that is something very much in Washington’s regional interest….