Israel: Turkey Will Become Mideast ‘Superpower’
By Rachel Hirshfeld, INN – “Israel needs to come to terms with Turkey’s superpower status in the Middle East, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz said during a recent speech at the Washington Institute.
Mofaz highlighted the importance of mending diplomatic relations between the two countries, saying that doing so is ‘necessary for the strategic goals of Israel and for the strategic goals of Turkey.’
Turkey will become a ‘superpower in our region… There is no question about it,’ Mofaz stated. ‘We should have a strategic relationship with Turkey like we had in the past.’
Relations between the two countries had been becoming increasingly colder due to Erdogan’s policies, and Turkey supported the illegal Gaza flotilla of May 2010, which was an attempt to break Israel’s lawfully instituted naval blockade of Gaza. Israeli naval commandos boarded one of the flotilla ships, the Mavi Marmara, intending to divert the vessel in a peaceful manner, but were violently attacked by those aboard. Nine passengers were killed in the ensuing battle.
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