The Turkish government exploded in anger over Israel’s commando strike against a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. Huseyin Celik of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) said his nation’s relations with Israel “will never be the same” and as far as his party is concerned this is the final nail in the coffin of anger. Political scientist Sinan Ogan commented “the worst possible scenario has happened. Israel has made a suicide commando move and has committed suicide internationally. The Turkish-Israel relationship is now open to every different scenario.” The immediate reaction of the Turkish government was to cancel joint military exercises with Israel forces and the European Union will most probably hear their complaint. An estimated 400 Turkish citizens were on ships in the flotilla and the government is demanding that injured people be returned to Turkey and that anyone being held must immediately be freed and sent home.
Two years ago Turkey was a friend and ally of Israel. Today, they are enemies. A group of ideologues control Israel and they are determined to destroy their nation in the name of “God.” That is always the cry of a demagogue and tyrant.