Turkey's Hate Escalates
The government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spent the last decade trying to shatter his country’s alliance with Israel. Under the leadership of the Islamist AKP Party, Turkey has become one of the Jewish state’s most vocal foes and has aligned itself with Hamas. But even Erdogan’s friends in the Obama administration were forced to speak out when he compared Zionism with fascism at a UN conference in Vienna in February. According to Erdogan, the movement to grant Jews self-determination in their ancient homeland is nothing less than a hate crime. That a supporter of Hamas, which is pledged to Israel’s destruction and the murder or deportation of its Jews, would say such a thing is hardly surprising. But it must be remembered that the man who said these things is the head of a NATO-member nation and is considered one of Obama’s closest friends among world leaders. Turkey’s increasing hatred toward Israel demonstrates the growing acceptance of such attitudes on the international stage and signals that the United States cannot consider Turkey a reliable ally.
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Jonathan Tobin is senior online editor of COMMENTARY.