Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Turkish snub changes Middle East game

By M K Bhadrakumar
Asia Times

"Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's snub of Israeli President Shimon Peres during a television show has caught the imagination of the Islamic world, from Gaza to Turkey to Iran. In the longer term, pro-West Arab rulers, especially in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, along with Israel, will need to seriously factor that Turkey's shadows are deepening on the Middle Eastern landscape: Neo-Ottomanism sees Turkey as a regional superpower..."

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