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 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.