Edmonton Journal | 08Jun2010 | Orest Slepokura

Roar against Israel only starts with Turks

Re: " 'We have nothing to apologize for'; Israel blames Turkey for deterioration in relations," Edmonton Journal, June 4, 2010.

The Turkish political class has found political gold in the daily agony that is Palestine. There it is -- the sure path to high approval ratings! Turks, whether secular or religious, moderate or extreme, are no longer shy about demonstrating their disapproval over what Israel is doing to Palestinians.

This just as the Israeli leadership appears almost solipsistic in the unilateral way they conduct their foreign affairs, and with no honest and able broker bent on rushing to the scene to reconcile the two sides, to urge them to adopt a less confrontational posture.

The question is: How long before the so-called "moderate" Arab regimes emulate the Turkish leaders and jump on this bandwagon to shore up their own political base by also ramping up the anti-Israel rhetoric, and so hasten the drift toward the falls?

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore