According to the new Arab League ambassador in Ankara (itself a new position), Turkey is about to launch an initiative to rewrite its school curriculum to be much more pro-Arab. Thanks to eight years of the Turkish ruling party’s incitement, Turkey is now among the most anti-Semitic countries on earth. Traditionally, though, Turks had a positive view of Israel and Jews, and the reason was that, of all the Ottoman Empire’s constituent populations, the Jews remained the most loyal. While World War One’s Battle of Gallipoli is today remembered and commemorated mostly in Australia and New Zealand, few outside of Turkey remember that the Turkish defenders (and the Turkish casualties as well) were disproportionately Jews, because the bulk of the Ottoman Army was off fighting the Russians on the Armenian front. The Arabs meanwhile rose up (hence, the Turkish distaste for Lawrence of Arabia), and from the Turkish perspective, stabbed Turkey in the back.
History shouldn’t be written to make anyone in particular look good; it should be written to reflect the reality of the past. Sadly, that is not Turkey’s goal: Erdogan wants to rewrite history to serve his current diplomatic agenda. The result will be the brainwashing of Turks for a generation to come.