Turkey's decision to expel Israel's ambassador to Ankara and to downgrade military relations is another sign of Jerusalem's growing isolation in the region
"At the very moment of the Arab Spring, Israel risks the danger of looking like one of the most ossified regimes in the region. Despite American efforts to broker a deal between the two sides, Turkey is growing increasingly belligerent toward Israel.
No doubt Turkey's leaders are playing to their Islamic galleries. But it's increasingly clear that Israel's policies toward the Palestinians are engendering more animosities in the region. Egypt could well follow Turkey's lead
absent any progress on West Bank negotiations. It already protested Israel's incursion into the Sinai to track down terrorists and forced it to apologize for the deaths of three policemen"
"The downgrade in diplomatic ties came after Israel refused to publicly apologize for the May 2010 killing of nine Turkish activists aboard a pro-Palestinian flotilla that was trying to break through Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip"
The new tensions came despite frantic American efforts over the last few months to mediate a reconciliation between the two key regional U.S. allies."
"Turkey is saying that avoiding an apology will have a cost for Israel"
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan now says that in order for Turkey to restore its ambassador to Israel, the Jewish state must not only apologize and pay reparations, but end its naval blockade on Gaza.
"For Israel the stakes are no longer about losing a valuable friend, but it is about gaining a new opponent."
Barcin Yinanc writes that while Israel may have thought that time would quell Turkey's anger over the attack on its ship"
Turkey once ranked as Israel’s closest ally in the Muslim world. The latest move stopped just short of a complete breach in diplomatic relations but nonetheless seemed likely to deepen the already profound alienation between the two countries.
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