Who Wants Turkey?

Once again, politicians have let greed get in the way of human decency and fair play. It cannot have been by accident that Benjamin Netanyahu let Turkey off the hook this week. He stated that rapprochement with Turkey after several years of rancorous back-and-forth accusations would go far in creating an environment conducive to the building of a gas and oil pipeline between the two countries. My question is this: At what price will this pipeline be built? And at whose detriment will it take place?

The dignity and courage of the IDF in how it handles its mandate—in this case, protecting our blockade and borders against the terror infrastructure in Aza has been compromised by this deal. Is Turkey compensating the families of the injured and dead valiant Shayetet commandos? No, she is not; but Israel is paying $21 million to the “victims” of the blockade who violated international law for a publicity stunt.

Is Turkey our long-lost friend in the region? You can easily answer that question by looking at Turkey’s favorite reading material. For the past several months, Hitler’s Mein Kampf leads its list of bestsellers. Yes, Israel and Turkey have economic ties, tourism, textile trade and the like, and Israel has sold several drones to Turkey, but the real question is why it should matter? Could not Israel find more willing and trustworthy economic trading partners in the Kurds? I believe she can.

One hates to paint an entire population with a broad brush, but the inescapable impression one gets from Turkey is that she is not a serious partner to peace, either with Israel or with her own Kurdish population, estimated at between 20,000,000 – 30,000,000 million. Peace between the Kurds of Turkey and its rulers have always been strained, if not downright hostile. Unfortunately, NATO, the US and European powers have exacerbated the internal debate over Kurdish independence by their admitted reliance on parking their air force personnel and jets at Turkish locations as a bulwark against Russian aggression. Sadly, the major powers neglected to take Turkey’s own aggression into account. They also do not pay much heed to the rambling paranoid machinations of Erdogan, in much the same way the whole world ignored Hitler in 1933.

On its face, when President Obama re-iterated American friendship with Turkey and stated their appreciation for Turkish assistance in fighting Daesh, this opened the long-simmering war between the Turks and Kurds once again. It made Turkey think it had carte blanche in how they addressed the multitude of problems with their own people. They continued a latent campaign of brutalizing, murdering and burning out the Kurdish population centers within her borders. They arrest so many journalists, no one is even sure how many Kurds have been ethnically cleansed from their former towns and villages.

Turkey’s intelligence “MIT” personnel began openly training Daesh fighters some time ago. Kurdish PKK fighters often capture these Turkish enablers of Daesh and show their dual identity cards for everyone to see. Sadly, no one in the international community seems to care. If Daesh fighters are injured in battle, they find ready assistance in Turkish hospitals. Turkey remains the best and safest conduit for Daesh fighters to join the fight inside Syria via Iraq.

At some point, Israel will have to re-assess its relationships with her neighbors and decide whether she wants to help freedom-loving and peaceful Kurds who wish no harm to Jews or to Israel or whether she wants to have friends like Turkey who is the antithesis of freedom and democracy and is an abettor of terror in the entire Middle East by her support of Daesh and the Iranian regime. This is not a circus tightrope act. Millions of lives are at stake and the peace of the entire Middle East is at risk. Ask yourself who you would rather have living next door to you? Someone who read the Nazi blueprint for annihilation of a people and agrees with it, or someone who respects you as a fellow human being and peacefully co-exists alongside you in mutual respect and cooperation.

About the Author
Rachel Grenadier was an olah from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2003 who returned to the United States in 2015. She really wanted to stay in Israel, but decided that having family members nearby was better for her health than a bunch of devoted, but crazed, Israeli friends who kept telling her hummous would cure her terminal heart condition. She has her B.A. and M.A. from George Mason University in Virginia and is the author of two books: the autobiographical "Israeli Men and Other Disasters" and "Kishon: The Story of Israel's Naval Commandoes and their Fight for Justice". She is now living in Virginia with her three Israeli psychologically-challenged cats and yet, denies being a "hoarder".
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