Turkish-Israeli Ties Deteriorate Further

Unfortunate but totally preventable:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey was “totally suspending” defense industry ties with Israel, after downgrading diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

“Trade ties, military ties, regarding defense industry ties, we are completely suspending them. This process will be followed by different measures,” Erdogan told reporters in Ankara.


Erdogan’s confirmation came just days after Ankara launched a series of penalizing measures, including the severing of military ties, against Israel over the latter’s refusal to apologize for its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in 2010.

Earlier Tuesday, top Israeli defense official Amos Gilad indicated that military ties with Turkey were in fact still in effect, despite Turkish declarations, saying that the “Israel’s military attaché was continuing his work.”

Earlier this week, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer warned against the enomic consequences of a prolonged trade rift with Turkey, saying that that the Turkish economy far surpasses Israel’s and is growing extremely fast.

Turkey is a dominant force in the region as Israel becomes increasingly isolated. This will hurt Israel more than Turkey.

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2 Comments on “Turkish-Israeli Ties Deteriorate Further”

  1. thainjacobs Says:

    Welcome back! Hope you had a good vacation!

    I will admit I was surprised just how seriously turkish-israel ties went down the drain. I know they were discussing things behind the scenes to try to prevent this and that the US (of course) was trying to ensure that this didn’t happen. Basically, Israel refuses to apologize for murdering 9 turkish citizens (one of whom was American- did they apologize to us?) end of story.

    If Israel thinks it can continue to isolate itself from the rest of the entire world simply because the US is solely responsible for protecting/defending/rationalizing Israel, I think they are in for a rude awakening. US influence in the middle east is waning- we don’t have the control we used to have and I think pretty much the entire world is getting pretty fucking sick of us.

    Where is Carolyn? Anybody?


  2. Pilgrim Says:

    I thought the Turkish characterization of Israel as a “spoiled boy” was pretty gentle. I would have thought schoolyard bully.


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