JPost: “Ankara’s ties with Europe are also strained because of the massive migration of Middle Easterners and Asians to the European Union via Turkey and the fact that the country is unlikely to gain EU membership any time soon. In addition, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasing authoritarianism and crackdown on the domestic media and critics are further eroding support for his government in the West.
And to top it off, relations with Moscow have plummeted after the Turkish military shot down a Russian fighter jet in November. More than half of Turkey’s gas and 10 percent of its oil come from Russia.
Daniel Pipes, a historian and the president of the Middle East Forum think tank, told The Jerusalem Post that Erdogan’s aggressive policies “have led to bad relations with nearly every important government in the neighborhood and beyond.”
Opinion: Turkey’s reconciliation with Israel after the disastrous Mavi Marmara incident in 2010 has nothing to do with Erdogan’s change of heart.
It has everything to do with energy: Israel has it and Turkey does not.
In the wake of worsening Russia/Turkish relations, Ankara began to seek alternative energy suppliers and new routes. Turkey turned to Israel, hoping to once again normalize relations between the two states.
Erdogan now aims to build an East Mediterranean natural gas pipeline, which could transport natural gas supplies from Israel to Cyprus.
What is incredible is that it was Erdogan, whose flotilla demanded an end to the Israel blockade of Gaza, who broke off relations to begin with. And it is Erdogan who is once again demanding an end to the blockade.
On a secular level, Erdogan’s very public love affair with Hamas should be warning enough for Netanyahu to stay clear of any pipeline deal.
On a Biblical level, at some future date Turkey will join an alliance with Russia, Iran and North African allies to take Israel’s plunder (Ezekiel 38:1-23) by force.