Israel vs. Turkey, who is the most embarrassing ally of the United States?

Monday's events might prove a wake-up call for the U.S. foreign-policy establishment. This reality has been driven home by Turkey's angry response to Israel's interdiction of the flotilla of ships that tried Monday to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Israel's attempts to halt the vessels resulted in the deaths of at least nine activists, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu referred to Israel's actions as "murder conducted by a state." The Turkish government also spearheaded efforts at the U.N. Security Council to issue a harsh rebuke of Israel. Israel in the other hand, despite the enormous pressure from the International Community is refusing to accept that the killings were intentional and planned. Israel remains unapologetic and unrepentant and argues that the boat was filled with armed extremists that are supporting Hamas. Netanyahu argues that the Israeli soldiers were attacked by extremists and this was not a love boat and refusing to apologize, stressing that they will continue to block the ships coming into Gaza. International Community in the other hand is pressuring Israel and is suggesting that the blockade of Gaza is not working. British former Prime Minister, Tony Blair was raising his concerns over the Israeli policies and hints that they should come out with better strategies. In addition Ban Ki Moon was swift in his criticism towards Israel calling the Blockade in Gaza as “Immoral, counterproductive and terrible”.

Over the past year, Turkey has become increasingly critical of Israel’s relations with the Arab world. Turkey has tried to mediate, for example, between Syria and Israel. Now, Turkey has made it known that it holds Israel responsible for these failures. Even so, Turkey remains Israel’s major ally, albeit informally, in the Muslim world. Turkey is also a growing power. Uniquely in the region, it provides Israel with a dynamic economy to collaborate with. Turkey also has the most substantial and capable military force in the region. Should Turkey shift its stance to a pro-Arab, anti-Israel position, the consequences for Israel’s long-term national security would not be trivial.
Turkey has been shifting its position on its role in the Islamic world in recent years under the Islamist-rooted government of President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While increasingly critical of Israel, the Turkish government also has tried to bridge the gap between the Arabs and Israelis, albeit to promote Turkey’s position in the Muslim world. Turkey is rapidly becoming a growing power and a direct competitor in the Middle East. But for the first time Turkey has come out strongly against the policies of Israeli administration, demanding from Israel to take steps and ease the blockade in Gaza or else they will risk facing consequences.
When President Barack Obama was inaugurated as a new President of the United States, he was greeted with a sigh of relieve from Ankara. Officials from Turkey hoped that the Obama administration's international approach, which emphasized diplomatic engagement, multilateralism, and regional stability, would fit together nicely with that of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party. The White House made it clear from the beginning that Turkey was a priority for Obama, who raised the idea of a model partnership between the two countries. Turkey had a set of attributes and assets that it could bring to bear to help the United States achieve its interests in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. Naturally, as a long time U.S. ally, Turkey was thought to share America's interests in these regions.
In fact, Washington and Ankara do share the same goals: peace between Israel and the Palestinians; a stable, unified Iraq; an Iran without nuclear weapons; stability in Afghanistan; and a Western-oriented Syria. But will the US continues support to Israel bring an end to good relationships between Washington and Ankara? Israel continues to kill innocent civilians in Palestine, Israel’s belief that they live above the law and can do whatever they want should come to an end. Their lack of respect for fellow human beings is intolerable. Adding to all these the latest events in Gaza and the furious reactions from the international community in general and that of Turkish administration in particular, the role of Obama’s administration should be more direct and fruitful. President Obama in his first months in his administration sent a warning message to Israel and promised to pressure Israel on a strategic level. Nevertheless we have not seen the promised and determined Obama administration to help influence the Israeli foreign policy. Instead Israeli Officials are increasingly showing its stubbornness and radical, some would even call racist policies. They have yet to apologize for the latest events in Gaza and are refusing to do so despite the immense pressure from world’s foreign leaders. President Obama’s administration has to come up with a new strategy that would help influence the Israeli leaders and stop their attacks upon civilians and enter into talks to bring the conflict to an end. The role of the US should be more productive into bringing peace in the Middle East, and they should do so even quicker now that the tensions between Israel and Turkey are taking a serious form. Or else, United States may risk on losing one of the most important allies, Turkey.

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