Turkey Uses Bilateral Ties with Israel as Alibi DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 24, 2016, 10:11 AM (IDT) Tags: Erdogan, Binyamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Turkey, Bashar Assad, Syria, Israel, US, Incirlik air base, Kurds, YPG,
Turkish army attacks Syrian Jarablus Wednesday, Aug. 23.
Turkey – in full momentum since the Erdogan-Putin summit on Aug. 9 – is setting a rapid pace for its rapprochement with Israel. Saturday, Aug. 20, the Turkish parliament ratified the reconciliation agreement Ankara signed with Jerusalem and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced that ambassadors would be exchanged soon.
There is even mention of Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan visiting Israel in September.
Both Ankara and Jerusalem are quickly moving on from their sharp exchange of recriminations this week, over the massive IDF military retaliation against Hamas Sunday and Monday for a missile fired from the Gaza Strip.
Israel harshly reproved Turkey for its condemnation, as hardly in a position to interfere in another government’s response to terrorism.
Erdogan uncharacteristically held silent and let Israel have the last word..
Erdogan and Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu are clearly of one mind that nothing should be allowed to hinder their burying of the hatchet.
In today’s Middle East’s crazy slalom of events, whereby every few hours, new conflicts spring up and new deals are forged – only to end in tatters a couple of days later (e.g. Tehran’s abrupt reversal of its permission to allow the Russia an air base in Western Iran), bilateral realpolitik is bound to be the order of the day.
Yesterday’s enemy might be today’s friend, and today’s friend might become tomorrow’s enemy.