What Follows Turkish/Israeli Reconciliation
by Stephen Lendman
Expect greater regional conflict.
A separate article called it grand betrayal. Aggrieved families were denied justice. What's ahead matters most. Be concerned. Be very concerned.
Israel's the region's most powerful military force. It's nuclear armed and dangerous. Turkey has NATO's second largest standing army. Allied they're formidable and menacing. They give America more options. Doing so bodes ill regionally.
NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis said a more aggressive alliance posture could help break Syria's stalemate. It would help oust Assad.
He said so during Senate Armed Services Committee testimony. A range of options are being considered. NATO's ready to intervene if called on.
Saying so suggests escalation. It could come any time. Libya 2.0 may follow. Perhaps Turkey's reconciliation with Israel hastens it. Events going forward bear close watching.
On March 15, the Los Angeles Times said secret CIA Syrian plans include intelligence gathering, drone strikes, and seizing or destroying Assad's chemical weapons.
On March 22, the Wall Street Journal said CIA operatives are providing intelligence to US-backed insurgents.
"The expanded CIA role bolsters an effort by Western intelligence agencies to support the Syrian opposition with training in areas including weapons use, urban combat and countering spying by the regime."
Some observers believe Turkish/Israeli reconciliation hastens Assad's fall.
Erdogan claims it advances the peace process. It's more hypocrisy than real.
Erdogan knows but won't say. In April, he plans visiting Gaza and the West Bank.
Exchanging ambassadors depends on compensating families of Mavi Marmara victims, he said. He demanded Israel end Gaza's siege. It continues.
He and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu claim Israel met all Turkish terms. They lied saying so.