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No benefit whatsoever, just like with Hamas

Reader comment on item: On Second Thought … Maybe that Israeli Apology to Turkey was a Good Idea

Submitted by sara (United States), Mar 29, 2013 at 17:48

I disagree that exposing Erdogan's intent/demeanor to the world makes any difference at all.

I thought the same way when Hamas was elected in Gaza, that now the facade was down and the world would see what the real agenda was and how they behave. Did it matter? No. They receive just as much support when they are transparently barbaric, anti-semitic, anti-christian or imposing Sharia punishments upon their citizens.

The same goes for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. No reaction because the fact is that the western world is quite accepting of Islamist motivations and ambitions. Perhaps it is naivete, but there it is nonetheless.

I therefore see no benefit to the Arabs having the upper hand in making Israel admit fault and now compensating the detestable victims. I see no benefit to raising Erdogan's esteem in the Muslim world, especially vis a vis his Egypt rivalry. It has long been known that showing weakness bears nothing good.

Hopefully (thinking as a westerner) some tactical/strategic good will come of a better cooperation with the Syrian time bomb, but even that is doubtful. If Bibi's tactic was to empower Obama and make him seem more competent in the ME, let's hope it matters in some way.

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