The Muslims in Turkey is comfortably chipping away at the foundations of Turkish-Israeli ties, something it has always wanted to do.
This is the words of Soner Cagaptay. He tries to answer the question: «Why is Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) so upset with Israel?»
The AKP, rooted in Turkey’s own Muslim Brotherhood movement, has always hated Israel, and now that the AKP is comfortably in charge in Turkey, it will oppose Israel with any means available as well as promote other aspects of the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda.
We are witnessing the Muslim’s Brotherhood take on foreign policy, highlighted by its approach to Turkish-Israeli ties. After seven years of vehement anti-Israeli rhetoric, the Turkish public has now embraced the AKP’s position against Israel and the party is comfortably chipping away at the foundations of Turkish-Israeli ties, something it has always wanted to do.
Today, it is Israel; tomorrow it is EU accession and cooperation with the U.S.
Turkey’s Muslim Brothers have played a smart game indeed, changing the color of their vessel, then sailing deep and surfacing only when the waters were calm and clear.
Soner Cagaptay is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.