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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lands in Egypt for talks as both nations are experiencing rifts with Israel over its military actions and the Palestinian issue. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to meet with Egyptian leaders Tuesday to strengthen strategic ties at a time both nations are experiencing deepening rifts with Israel over military actions and the fate
from NYT > Turkey by By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICKRecep Tayyip Erdogan kicked off a so-called Arab Spring tour as he seeks to enhance his regional celebrity and bolster Turkey?s standing as a potential role model for Arab states
from Yahoo news
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s North Africa tour comes at a critical time for Israel, whose diplomats were forced to flee Cairo this weekend after protesters attacked the Israeli embassy.
from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Mohammed Ayoob
The Middle East will never be the same. America must recognise Turkey’s emergence as the region’s pre-eminent power
Turkey’s expulsion of the Israeli ambassador, the downgrading of its diplomatic relations with Israel, and the Erdogan government’s increasingly firm position on the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara signify more than a temporary hiccup in Turkish-Israeli relations. It is a clear signal that Ankara is fed up with Israel’s foot-dragging on the apology and compensation that Turkey has demanded as a precondition for the normalisation of Turkish-Israeli relations. The UN’s Palmer Commission report, which justified the Israeli blockade of Gaza but accused Israel of using “excessive force” against the flotilla, has been rejected by Turkey. Ankara now plans to take the case against the blockade to the international court of justice (ICJ).
from NYT > Turkey by By ETHAN BRONNER
Israel is grappling with a radically transformed Middle East where it believes its options are limited and poor.