Formerly warm ties between Israel and Turkey have cooled considerably since Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected. Erdogan is not a secular Muslim, he's a Muslim, and Islamic anti-semitism is a mandate. Read Dr. Bostom's The Legacy of Islamic Anti-Semitism.
Erdogan is just being a good Muslim.
He has made his position clear: "there is no moderate Islam". So much for Turkey's experiment with "secular" Islam (talk about wrestling with an oxymoron). Having been subdued throughout the twentieth century after the stunning defeat of the Ottoman Empire, Islam rises yet again.
The bottom line is that Islam is stuck on hate and imperialism. And if the forces of evil triumph and the EU accepts Turkey as a member, the final nail will be pounded into the coffin of the continent formerly known as Europe. Apart from the obvious cultural reasons for keeping Turkey out of the EU, incorporating a Muslim-majority country as large and poor as Turkey would adulterate European values and skew majority ranks. (Two-thirds of Europeans oppose membership, but there is no telling what will happen if the Lisbon Treaty gets ratified. Once nationals surrender their sovereignty, they no longer have a say in matters.)
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected attempts to call Turkey the representative of moderate Islam. "It is unacceptable for us to agree with such a definition. Turkey has never been a country to represent such a concept. Moreover, Islam cannot be classified as moderate or not," Erdoğan said, speaking at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.
(IsraelNN.com) A multinational military drill has reportedly been cancelled due to Turkey's unwillingness to allow the Israel Air Force to participate in the exercise.
The cancellation came after the United States and other nations allegedly withdrew from the joint drill following Turkey's ban on Israel's participation.
The air force exercise, which has been held five times since June 2001, was to be hosted by Ankara and originally involved Turkey, Italy, the U.S., NATO forces and the IAF.
But Turkish military officials informed the IDF last week that the IAF was not welcome to fly in this week's "Anatolian Eagle" exercise due to the use of its planes during Israel's counterterrorism Operation Cast Lead in Gaza last winter.
The operation was launched by Israel on December 27, 2008 to end the thousands of rocket attacks fired at civilians living in towns and cities in Israel's southern region. It lasted until Janary 20, 2009.
Anatolian Eagle was slated to begin Monday, October 12, and continue through October 23.
The Anatolian Eagle exercise, intended to improve international aerial cooperation, was hosted at the Konya air base, 250 kilometers south of Ankara. The aircraft trained over the plains of Anatolia (hence the name), near Turkey's borders with Syria, Iran and Iraq.
Israel and Turkey, which until last year enjoyed strong diplomatic, military and trade relations, have flown together over each other's territory in various joint military drills since the signing of a bilateral defense alliance between the two nations in 1996.
Formerly warm ties between Israel and Turkey have cooled considerably since Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's harsh criticism of Israel's role in Operation Cast Lead.
More on that despicable display of Islamic Jew hatred here.