Saturday, January 31, 2009

Turkey Is No Longer An Honest Broker In The Missle East

Photo: Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) shakes hands with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Damascus, Syria. Photo: AP

'Erdogan-Led Turkey Can't Broker Talks' -- Jerusalem Post

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan "has lost all credibility as an honest broker in peace discussions," a senior Israeli diplomatic official told The Jerusalem Post Saturday night, citing Erdogan's recent anti-Israel rhetoric.

"As long as he is the prime minister of the country, Turkey has no place in peace negotiations or discussions," the official added. "It is not a trustworthy diplomatic partner anymore."

Until recently, Turkey had played a key role in quiet discussions between Israel, Syria, and other regional players.

The loss of the Turkish diplomatic channel was a serious blow to these discussions, said Foreign Ministry officials.

"The only parties that could reasonably play that mediating role now are the Americans under Obama, or, in theory, a European party," the diplomatic official surmised.

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More News On Turkey As A Honest Broker
In The Israeli - Arab Conflict

Erdogan risks mediator role -- The Guardian
Israel: Erdogan's Davos behavior may ruin Turkey's EU chances -- Haaretz
Turkish PM Vents Frustration with Israel -- Voice Of America
Arabic press praises Erdogan -- BBC News
Iran hails Turkish PM for Gaza walkout -- AFP

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