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Turkey And Israel Friends No More: New Tensions Surface Among Former Allies

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If true, this will provoke a serious response here.

Also Israel is aligning with Greek Cypriots to explore for oil in a country still divided between Greeks and Turks. The Turkish prime Minister has threatened to send war ships to stop this, arguing than any oil found off the Island nation should belong to Turks and Greeks.   This tension may easily expand into open hostilities if cool heads don't prevail. Israel says it will defend its interests.

And now, the Israeli Lobby in America is reaching into its one note playbook and starting to brand Turkey as anti-Semitic on the familiar knee jerk grounds that any opponent of Israel must, by definition, hate Jews.

Watch for more hateful denunciations in the name of fighting hate.

I have already received a propagandize email appeal with the title: " BOYCOTT TURKEY"

"Anti-Semitism is prevalent in many parts of the world and is gaining momentum in Europe and Britain. Synonymous with this ancient form of bigotry is anti-Israelism....

"At this moment, Turkey, which until recent years had enjoyed a decent relationship with Israel , changed dramatically following the election of the Tayyip Erdogan government which is unquestionably aligning itself with Islamic  groups who are far from being well disposed towards the Jews and Israel, and is currying favor with such charming people as Ahmadinejad of Iran."

This is preposterous on the face of it. Iran and Turkey are not on the same page. Iran is a Islamic Republic, Turkey a secular democratic one. The former is largely Shia; Turkey is mostly Sunni but they also have major political differences.

This is more guilt by association to demonize a government that has been aligned with Israel because it is furious that its citizens were gunned down on the high seas.

Forget the facts, forget the differences. The pro-Israeli hardliners always need fresh enemies to raise money on the back of, and get attention,  so there they go again, asking, "So what should we as Jews do?"

"Should we sit back and proclaim that we cannot influence events and close our eyes to the menace of anti Jewish activity or do we react with our money and refuse to support the Turkish economy? I urge you to not purchase Turkish made goods...."

  So, now, we have the same people who say they reject in principle the idea of critics of Israel boycotting them, launching a boycott against Turkey, insuring more vituperation and tension in the region.

You can expect parts of the US press to join in with more one-sided trash talk. Some in our media, including "experts" on Turkey are just bashers. One former Wall Street Journal editorial writer came here on a junket with neocon "Prince of Darkness" Richard Perle.

Once the Israeli Lobby goes on the ideological warpath, you can be sure that their fabricated issues will get lots of play from their media assets.

Turkey is now a player in this part of the world and can no longer be sidelined or ignored. I will have more on this emerging story soon. 

News Dissector Danny Schechter writes the blog. 

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at See

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