Israel once had a strong friendship with Turkey whose leaders cooperated militarily, economically and politically. Turkey was the only Muslim nation which recognized Israel. But, that was before Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister. Since his arrival on the scene of power, Israel has witnessed the end of its close ties with Turkey, the erosion of its close ties with Egypt and soon it will witness the end of close ties with Jordan. Why?
The Israel foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman had his deputy deliberately insult Turkey’s ambassador to their nation. Israel invaded Gaza in an over reaction violent events. Gaza was placed under a siege and supplies became difficult to obtain. A flotilla of ships sailed from Turkey with needed supplies. Instead of welcoming the ships, allowing them to land and distribute supplies under supervision of Israel soldiers, the decision was made to use violence in halting the flotilla.
Nine people from Turkey died in the Israel attack. Prime Minister Erdogan has demanded an apology. Israel refused. Israel’s ambassador to Turkey has been thrown out. Erdogan announced Turkish naval ships will “show up” more frequently in the eastern area of the Mediterranean. He is daring Israel to initiate a hostile action and terms the country, the “spoiled boy” of the region.
There are times in life to simply say, “I’m sorry” and move on. One is left with the impression, PM Netanyahu will risk war in order to show no one can boss him around. Such is the way of petty tyrants.