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Turkey policy paper: Israel's actions threaten Mideast - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
Ankara's National Security Council names Israel as central threat to Turkey's security for first time since 1949, fails to mention Iran, Syria.

Turkey's already tense relations with Israel continued their apparent downward spiral on Saturday as Channel 10 reported that a central Ankara policy paper defined Israel as a central threat to Turkey's security, blaming Jerusalem's policies for destabilizing the entire region.

...The Channel 10 report on Saturday, citing Turkish media outlets, said Turkey's National Security Council rectified an amendment to Ankara's central policy paper, nicknamed the "secret constitution," defining Israel as "a central threat to Turkey."

"The region's instability stems from Israeli actions and policy, which could lead to an arms race in the Middle East," the paper outlining Turkey's foreign and home policy for the next five years said, adding that those actions posed "a major threat on Turkey."

Channel 10 also said Turkish media dubbed the amendment "historic," as it represented the first time Israel had been seen as a threat on Turkey since 1949. The document fails to mention Iran or Syria as outside threats, apparently as a result of Ankara's recently improved relations with both states.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Oct 30th, 2010 at 03:34:02 PM EST
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From the same article:
Earlier this month Haaretz quoted Turkish reports as expecting that, for the first time since the Cold War, Turkey to remove Iran, Iraq, Russia, and Greece from their list of "threatening countries.
Why is this not getting any coverage apart from being hidden in the Israeli press?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Oct 30th, 2010 at 04:28:17 PM EST
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Because the US doesn't want to make an XOR decision between Turkey - a NATO ally - and Israel.  Geo-politically, Turkey is way more important than Israel.  Domestically, Israel way more important than Turkey.

Don't know why it hasn't been picked-up outside the US.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Oct 30th, 2010 at 04:42:29 PM EST
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What passes for foreign correspondents plagiarise the English-language infotainment, which in turn plagiarises their American colleagues.

Writing and doing research is hard. Copy-pasting means much higher productivity.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Oct 30th, 2010 at 09:15:43 PM EST
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But they could at least copy-paste from Ha'aretz, like I just did. It's not just Ha'aretz: I searched at the time for confirmation and found more in the Israeli press. Outside Israel, I think the only other mention was in the Daily Star.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Oct 31st, 2010 at 03:31:39 AM EST
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Ha'-what did you say? Sounds complicated.

Anyway, if the agencies aren't picking it up...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Oct 31st, 2010 at 05:55:21 AM EST
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