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PM Erdoğan did not make a scene with Sarkozy but did strike back at the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s recent statements with full vigor. This month’s show btw Israel and Turkey has just started:)

Israel is ‘main threat to Middle East peace’: Turkey

from Yahoo news
PARIS -The prime minister of Turkey, Israel’s only ally in the Muslim world, on Wednesday branded the Jewish state the “principal threat to peace” in the Middle East. Read more…
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) welcomes  Turkish Prime ...

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) welcomes Turkish Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, prior to a working lunch. The prime minister of Turkey, Israel’s only ally in the Muslim world, on Wednesday branded the Jewish state the “principal threat to peace” in the Middle East.(AFP/Eric Feferberg)

KERİM BALCI – Israeli mismanagement of the crisis in Turkish-Israeli relations

Just as the Turkish prime minister has the right to be a politician and avoid diplomatic language in his criticism of Israeli policies, the Israeli foreign minister also has the right to play to his own constituency.

İBRAHİM KALIN – Turkey and France: distance and proximity

The visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to France this week comes at a crucial time in Turkish-French relations. While French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who suffered in recent local elections, insists on rejecting Turkey?s entry into the European Union, the Turkish position remains resolute on full membership.

France and Turkey agree to disagree over EU entry

Erdoan promotes Turkey‘s EU bid in Paris

Sarkozy to visit Turkey after November

Turkey and the Middle East: Ambitions and Constraints

from Yahoo news
Source: International Crisis Group Turkey‘s sometimes controversial new Middle East activism is an asset to the EU and U.S., and attractive in the region, but only if Ankara pursues its long-standing integration with the West.

Television becomes Turkey‘s new weapon to seduce the Arab world

from Yahoo news
After using enhanced diplomacy and trade to bolster ties with Middle Eastern neighbours, Turkey now has a new weapon to seduce the Arab world: a state television channel in Arabic accessible to more than 300 million Arabic speakers.

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