Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is upset at reaction of the United States towards his policies in Iran and Israel. Turkey for decades was the best, if only friend, Israel possessed in the region, but once right wing fundamentalists in the Israel government began their aggressive ill fated attacks on Gaza and then followed with the ludicrous assault on the flotilla from Turkey, his government became furious. However, latest reports are that President Obama dislikes Turkey’s policies in the region and wants them to change. A senior administration official commented: “the president has said to Erdogan that some of the actions that Turkey has taken have caused questions to be raised on the hill(Congress).” Erdogan wants drone planes to use against the Kurdish Worker’s Party(PKK) who have been in rebellion against his government. Obama reportedly was furious at the vote of Turkey against further UN sanctions against Iran.
A major problem is failure on the part of the American Congress to grasp regional anger towards Israel over its refusal to halt settlement construction, its actions in East Jerusalem in seizing Arab homes, and the failed policy in Gaza. Perhaps, Obama should be listening to Erdogan, and taking his advice!