THE TURKISH PUBLIC OPINION
Since the Islamic party in Turkey, using the name 'Justice and Development Party' under the leadership of Tayyip Erdogan took over the Turkish regime in 2002, there is a radical shift in Turkish politics and public opinion from Western liberalism to Eastern Islamic attitude.
Turkey was since World War II a firm ally to USA already in the time of the Cold War, a key important strategic member of NATO since 1949. In the 50s' Turkey was the senior member in the failed CENTO alliance, original name was Middle East Treaty Organization, also known as the Baghdad Pact combined from Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan and therefore the crucial link between East and West in the global effort of USA to contain the expansion of the Soviet influence in the World. As a firm important ally to USA Turkey is equipped with the most sophisticated American weaponry (as was the Iranian army prior to the Islamic revolution in Iran in 01/1979). In the last decades there was deep cooperation between the Turkish Army and Israel which upgraded the capabilities of both countries. Israel was regarded by many Turks as an ally to Turkey. Hundreds of thousands Israelis flooded the Turkish tourist resorts, thousands of Turkish workers worked in Israel and the trade between the two countries was booming. Turkey was on the process of joining the European Union.
On Monday 04/06/2009 USA President Barack Obama fulfilled his promise to visit a Muslim state and to call for reconciliation between Islam and the Western Democracies, especially USA. He visited Ankara, Turkey's capital, and gave a speech in the local parliament, “America’s relationship with the Muslim community, the Muslim world, cannot and will not just be based upon opposition to terrorism,” he said. “We seek broader engagement based upon mutual interest and mutual respect" he said. The next day he met with selected students in Istanbul and Islamic scholars.
Despite president Obama's efforts Turkey is moving fast toward Islamisation seeking hegemony on Sunni Muslim countries in the Middle East in contrast to the former direction of integration into the European world. Building a leadership in the Muslim world means to reject Israel, to undermine USA influence in the region and to distance Turkey from Western values (see -Turkish Referendum).
Indeed since Obama's speech in Ankara, Turkey reached out to Iran, voted against any sanction on Iran over Iran's nuclear military program, tightened its grip on the western-like Turkish Army which was also the guardian of the Turkish constitution and Kamal Ataturk's secular heritage. Turkish television is broadcasting blunt anti-Israeli and anti Semitic movies blaming Israel for killing, deliberately Palestinian children for the sake of killing (see - Turkish Radicalization).
In 05/2010 Turkey supported and backed the semi-Jihadi organization - IHH - Charity "The Islamic Humanitarian Help Foundation", which organized the so called "Humanitarian flotilla of aid to BESIEGED-GAZA". 9 Turkish citizens were killed in a well planned provocation in which Turkish activists, some of them known Jihadists, ambushed Israeli soldiers who tried to stop the ship from entering Gaza's water. Since then the Turkish regime is manipulating the public opinion against Israel in the bluntest terms.
Indeed friendly Turkey as part of the West is, probably, past history. A survey, conducted by the Ankara-based Metropoll research company in 12/2010 and published by the Turkish Daily Hurriyet, on 01/05/2011, found that 42.6% saw the United States as "the greatest external threat," with another 23.7% singled out Israel. The findings indicate a significant change in the Turkish people's world view. In previous years the countries perceived as the biggest threats were Russia, Armenia and Greece (now only 2.3%). An earlier poll had found that 86% of Turks believe to different degrees of certainty that the USA aim to divide their country.
The poll covered some 1,500 people across Turkey researchers noted.
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