Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Turkey-Israel: Case in Point

As this JPost article demonstrates, Turkey called Israel's lifting of much of the Gaza blockade "positive but insufficient." Iran, on the other hand, is sending a flotilla of ships to run the blockade. Turkey is speaking softly and carrying a big stick, Iran seems to be screaming loudly and waving a stick of indeterminate length. The point is, there is a mismatch between Turkish and Iranian policy, indicating that they are both competing for percieved leadership of the Palestinian cause and that Turkey has not gone rogue but is pursuing strategic competition.

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