Κυριακή, 14 Οκτωβρίου 2012

Israel and Turkey Stay at Odds: Is That Just Israel's Good Luck?

Turkish and Palestinian flags wave as activists mark the second anniversary of the Mavi Marmara Gaza flotilla incident, in central Istanbul, May 31, 2012. Nine activists, eight Turkish and one Turkish-American, died on May 31, 2010, when Israeli commandos raided the Mavi Marmara, which was part of a flotilla seeking to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. (photo by REUTERS/Osman Orsal)
By: Guy Bechor
Although Israeli conventional wisdom holds that Israel’s military seizure of the Turkish flotilla Mavi Marmara in June 2010 caused us diplomatic damage, as time passes it becomes clear that the opposite is true. We can even say that it was Israel’s luck that Turkey severed relations with us just in time, as a result of the Marmara affair. Just as the [biblical] Balaam tried to curse Israel but ended up blessing them instead [Book of Numbers], so Turkey’s severance of diplomatic relations turned out to our benefit.


Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2012/10/balaam-in-the-sea.html#ixzz29IefSbqQ

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