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Erdogan: on a collision course with Israel

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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Jun 6, 2015 at 10:58

Hello, Dr Awad

Thank you for sharing your insight on President Erfogan. I have never been to Turkey, so I have never seen firsthand, the things of which you speak. You mentioned one speculation, however:

I will not be surprise if the army will not step in to save Turkey from Sultan /Caliph Erdogan

I know that Turkey has a history of military takeovers; but it seems that Mr. Erdogan has protected himself from such a thing, by purges of the military and police on a massive scale.

I think Mr. Erdogan will be leading Turkey for many years to come; and it seems that he will be the "Gog" mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39. "Gog" was Gyges, the founder of the Lydian dynasty in power in western Turkey in Ezekiel's time (just before the Medo-Persian takeover of Anatolia). The Bible says of him,

Ezekiel 38
[3] And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
[4] And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
[5] Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
[6] Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
[7] Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
[8] After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

The saying, "I will put hooks in thy jaws", means that Gog / Erdogan will not actually want to attack Israel (and be defeated); he will be snared into doing it, probably by his own larger-than-life big mouth.

I can't be sure how this will work out, other than what Ezekiel said. Right now, Erdogan seems more than occupied with domestic concerns: the ongoing purges, opposition from the Kurds, the secularists and the Gulen movement, and other activities required of a Hitler-like dictator who bases his political life on a racist, anti-Jewish, hate-filled doctrine. He seems to be inexorably drawn into Syria, though; and there he will be on a collision course with Israel.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Erdogan is a terrorist [44 words]Michael SOct 10, 2015 15:40225553
1Turkey is Tubal-cain [88 words]JackJul 5, 2015 02:52224062
Turkey - cruising for a bruising [92 words]Peter C.Jun 30, 2015 12:40224009
as usual, outsider analysis' are again exaggerated and came out to be false and narrow perspectived [216 words]
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servet cevikJun 12, 2015 07:00223775
Now that Erdo's been taken down a peg, will you change your analysis? [17 words]
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Solomon2Jun 9, 2015 08:47223745
Alliances shifting: Saudis getting cozy with Turkey [336 words]Michael SJun 9, 2015 04:47223743
Thank goodness your prognosis of the Turkish elections yesterday was wrong! [88 words]
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BobJun 8, 2015 15:29223734
Turkey on the brink of political implosion [356 words]
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Mehmet S. TurkelJun 6, 2015 08:36223709
withering Secularism [142 words]
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Dr.AwwadJun 5, 2015 12:38223692
Erdogan: on a collision course with Israel [450 words]Michael S.Jun 6, 2015 10:58223692
reply to Michael S [163 words]Dr.awwadJun 10, 2015 02:40223692
Erdogan is secure from a military coup. Expect attention in the region to shift to Egypt [411 words]Michael SJun 12, 2015 15:33223692
Turkey is seeing red [427 words]Michael S.Jun 23, 2015 13:19223692
1Turkey : A dictatorship [63 words]BilalerdoganJun 5, 2015 02:36223688
Erdo, the Turkish Putin! [15 words]steven LJun 4, 2015 23:59223686
Obama: Lunatic and Buffoon; Erdogan: Just a Lunatic [353 words]Michael SJun 4, 2015 22:05223685
dictators end [10 words]havasJun 8, 2015 05:25223685
1Erdogan is, and likely will continue to be, absolutely in control -- even after the election [222 words]Michael SJun 12, 2015 14:00223685

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