Ankara's Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu boasts Turkey's firm Middle East policies have isolate Israel even
further both regionally and internationally
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday that Turkey's recent, firm policies in the
Middle East "have brought Israel to its knees" and isolated the Jewish state both regionally and
According to the Turkish website Today's Zaman, Davutoglu's statement, made
before the Turkish Parliament, was meant to counter claims by the opposition
suggesting that Turkey's foreign policy was dependent on Western countries, and that
Turkey's foreign policy is shifting towards the East.
Davutoglu insisted that Turkey's foreign policy was independent, especially
in regards to the recent revolutions noted among its Arab and North African
Turkey "has never remained silent in the face of oppression," he said.
"It is our policies in the region which have brought Israel to its knees before
us... We have always sided with people who demand democracy, not with
authoritarian and oppressive regimes."
Davutoglu also stressed that Turkey has "zero problems" with its
neighbors â€“ despite the opposition's criticism of the statement's unrealistic
nature; especially considering Ankara's recent tensions with Syria.
He said that the Turkish government was "cannot remain silent if one of
our neighbors oppresses its people."
between Turkey and Israel, two close US allies in the Middle East, have
soured since the 2010 raid on a Turkish-sponsored Gaza-bound flotilla, which left nine Turks dead.
Turkey has demanded compensation and an apology from Israel. Jerusalem
refuses to comply. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4162532,00.html
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