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It's a mistake to close all doors for Israel

HDN | 7/7/2010 12:00:00 AM | MEHMET ALİ BİRAND

Israel’s attack on the Mavi Marmara is unacceptable. Israel needs to compensate for it.

The Turkish-Israeli relationship is unnecessarily spoiled.

It is about to come to a point of no return.

Turkey seems to be facing a situation in which it would stand alone with its attitude.

The Obama-Netanyahu meeting has been realized as expected.

Netanyahu showed flexibility as expected and the White House patted him on the back while he was smiling and the whole thing was announced as a “great success.”

No matter how much effort Washington spends on trying to appear as a negotiator making attempts to put things on the right track, when looked upon this issue from the outside, Israel seems to be able to get off the hook more easily.

What does Ankara do?

It tries to make Israel pay for it.

But this compensation is so high that in international diplomacy it is called, “I don’t want to come to an agreement with you.”

Israel will have to apologize…

It will have to pay compensation…

If it can’t meet these demands then it needs to accept the formation of an international commission to investigate.

It needs to lift the Gaza blockade…

As long as these conditions are not fulfilled Turkey will not fix its relations.

There is some use in repeating it.

Israel’s attack on the Mavi Marmara is unacceptable. Israel needs to compensate for it.

But Turkey’s bill is not something easily acceptable in international diplomacy. And more importantly, Israel does not leave any space for Israel to maneuver.

Especially a person like President Gül who puts emphasis on relations with Israel but says “relations will never be the same” is a vital sign that reflects the atmosphere in Ankara.

I wonder if we are hurting ourselves.

Regarding Turkey’s Israel politics we, including me and many of my colleagues, have applauded Erdoğan and Davutoğlu.

Now there are some question marks occurring in some of our minds.

The reason is simple.

If you don’t leave any space for Israel to maneuver then our real intention appears to be breaking off relations with Israel. 

Is that really so?

Does the AKP administration, due to the way it has been raised, ignore the damage resulting from breaking up relations with Israel?

If you were to pay attention you’d see that Turkey’s former balanced politics have vanished. It used to be a country distanced the same from all countries, had good communication with all countries and thus asked to be a negotiator in the region has now on the international arena come to be put in the same basket with Hamas and Iran.

No matter how much we dispute with Israel, breaking off relations and communications is an approach that would be adverse to our benefits in the long run.

Turkey needs to review its politics and start a new process that would allow Israel to exit.

At least until elections it should not let the wound grow deeper.

Turkish-Israeli relations should not be underestimated or used for domestic politics.

[HH] Is it possible to clear Kandil while fighting with Israel?

All of a sudden Turkey seems to be fighting on many fronts at the same time.

No doubt the most important thing is precaution taken against the PKK terror.

Terror nearly every day takes at least one life and every news about a martyr increases tension a bit more.

We left aside the initiative and went back to the old days.

We are preparing to struggle with weapons against the Kurdish initiative and solve the issue that way.

This time the target is Kandil.

We think if Kandil is cleared out and shut down terror will subside.

Wonder how Kandil can be cleared of the PKK.

There are not tens of scenarios, there is only one.

Obama will approve and American forces use all of their transportation, communication and firepower on hand.

Again Obama will intervene and Barzani will show the way while Turkish forces will with all means on hand completely clear Kandil.

I.e. Until Washington approves, Turkey won’t be able to come near Kandil.

Now doesn’t it require another question at this point?

On one side you come to a point of breaking off relations with Israel and stepping on Washington’s sore spot, then you turn around to ask for its approval in respect to Kandil.

If we are trying to perform this approach within a frame of a plan, meaning if we are trying to force this into a PKK-in-exchange-for-Israel kind of deal, that’s something else.

If we are to lead with our chin then we should know that we are pushing ourselves into a chaotic situation.



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