Turkish protesters marching in Istanbul against Israel?s takeover of the Gaza flotilla in May. Photo by: AP
Israel can take several steps to defuse tensions between itself and Turkey.
By Shlomo Avineri
The waves caused by the raid on the Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla have somewhat subsided, but it’s clear the change in Turkey’s attitude toward Israel is part of broader foreign policy changes initiated by Ankara’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu. Still, Israel would be wise to consider what it can do to lower the flame, even a bit. ”
Now that NATO?s Lisbon Summit is over, there should presumably be fewer concerns left as compared to ones earlier about where Turkey stands in its vocation on the ever-changing global map of power.
Overall, the summit seems to have achieved its envisioned results — in general terms — and the leaders got what they hoped for. There is now an agreement on a missile defense system which will cover the entire territory of NATO?s European allies (although there will be much work left on structuring the system and fine-tuning its command and control mechanism in a coherent and functional framework). The Russians have been ?won?: There will for the first time in history be a coordinated defense model which aims to bring together Moscow and NATO to direct cooperation. Agreement has also been reached on the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.
LONDON — On Friday night at the NATO summit in Lisbon, President Obama announced that NATO member states had agreed on a missile defense shield that would for the first time protect all of NATO?s territory and people, including the United States, against an incoming missile attack. Around the same time, NATO?s much awaited new Strategic Concept was
By Habibe Ozdal, JTW Columnist
As eagerly anticipated, NATO is expected to make two important decisions at the Lisbon summit. The first one is about building its own missile defense system in Europe. Secondly, the alliance will decide on making the missile defense shield to be the alliance’s core mission. The system, which dates back to the Ronald Reagan era with its well-known name Star Wars, has caused hot debates each time it was brought onto the agenda even though it was never implemented.
MoneyWeek (France) 18 novembre 2010, p. 8
Gare à l?essoufflement. Les statistiques turques se suivent et se ressemblent, dépassant à chaque fois les attentes. Euphorique, la Bourse attire toujours plus d?investisseurs. Mais, alors que la croissance devrait continuer à ralentir, la correction boursière menace.
Hasan Selim Ozertem, Eurasia Expert, USAK/JTW
NATO will forge its new strategic concept for the upcoming era after a decade-long period. Looking at the new concept one can easily grasp the desire of becoming a balancing power on a global scale. However, there is a tradeoff then for the new era: What will happen to the United Nations and to the role of the Security Council? Secondly, is there room for NATO to transform its system of values and functions for the new period? Looking at the existing structure, the priority of NATO seems to be the need for legitimization and a clear definition of ?the other? to keep the bonds within the organization salient.
? November 23, 2010Posted in: Headlines, Turkey
By George Friedman | November 23, 2010
We arrived in Istanbul during the festival of Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael on God?s command and praises the God who stayed his hand. It is a jarring holiday for me; I was taught that it was Isaac who God saved. The distinction between Ishmael and Isaac is the difference between Hagar and Sarah, between Abraham and the Jews and Abraham and the Muslims. It ties Muslims, Jews and Christians together. It also tears them apart.”