President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is rescinding Turkish ambassadors from Tel Aviv and Washington D.C. This is believed to be retaliation for the crackdown on protesters in Gaza yesterday where 50 Palestinians were gunned down at the Israel-Gaza border.
“Israel is wreaking state terror. Israel is a terror state,” Erdogan said to Turkish students in London. “What Israel has done is a genocide. I condemn this humanitarian drama, the genocide, from whichever side it comes, Israel or America.”
“Turkey will react to this harshly,” Erdogan added.
This follows surprising news where the Turks endorsed Iran following the termination of a controversial nuclear deal by President Trump, a move strongly endorsed by the Israelis.
“We believe in this: The stronger Iran gets in this region, the stronger Turkey becomes as well, and the stronger Turkey becomes, the stronger Iran gets as well,” Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said.
Turkey has soured on the United States due to their foreign policy in Syria. Following the obliteration of ISIS, the US remained in Syria and decided to prop up the Kurds in the region. The Turks sent forces into Syria to help put down the Kurdish uprising.
“As a NATO ally, Turkey rightly asks the U.S. to prioritize Turkey’s vital security concerns over the U.S.’s short-term tactical policy goals,” Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said earlier this year.
The actions of Israel – backed up fully by the United States – are apparently pushing Turkey closer to Iran, Russia and Syria as sectarian strife continues to spread throughout in the Middle East.