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Reader comment on item: An Israeli Apology to Turkey

Submitted by Ed (United States), Mar 23, 2013 at 16:04

Syria is disintegrating, and it sports both a chemical weapons arsenal and Al-Queda groups. Both Turkey and Israel have a mutual benefit in containing this chaos - but Israel more so.

While in a perfect world, Israel should have demanded an apology from Turkey, Israel doesn't live in a perfect world. It lives in an awful neightborhood. Thus, Netanyahu's "apology" is a an inexpensive means to build bridges with both the Turks and the Obama administration. I'd like to hear Dr. Pipes' thoughts on this angle.

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There could be deals concerning Syria or Iran behind the apology to Ankara - I simply don't know. But there is no reason to assume such and until I learn of one, I think the decision a bad one.

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