Turkish Prime Minsister Erdogan’s agitation show no signs of letting up.
He’s back to threats of military confrontation with Israel:
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Israel could not do whatever it wanted in the eastern Mediterranean and that Turkish warships could be there at any moment.
And it’s not just about the Gaza flotilla, Turkey is trying to disrupt Israeli natural gas drilling with Cyprus:
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s unprecedented threat to send the Turkish navy into the eastern Mediterranean to challenge Israel is primarily aimed at torpedoing efforts by the Jewish state and Greek Cypriots to develop rich offshore natural gas fields….
Greece is Turkey’s historical rival and Ankara doesn’t want to see the Greek Cypriots, who rule the southern sector of the war-divided island, joining with Israel to exploit the natural gas fields while cutting out the Turkish Cypriots.
And Turkey also is pulling more stupid diplomatic tricks:
In an apparent protest of Israel, with whom Turkey recently downgraded diplomatic ties over last year’s flotilla incident, Turkey’s European Union Affairs Minister Egemen Bağış walked out of an international conference in Ukraine on Friday when Israeli President Shimon Peres was about to take the stage for a speech.
Bağış, who is in Ukraine to attend the eighth annual Yalta gathering with the theme of “Ukraine and the World: Common Challenges, Common Future,” left the meeting hall shortly before Peres began addressing the participants. The meeting at the historical Livadia Palace started with opening remarks by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Bağış listened to Yanukovych, but left the conference hall when Peres was invited to the stage and refused to listen to his speech.
Bağış’s move is a reminiscent of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s conflict with Peres in 2009 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Swiss ski resort town of Davos.
Here’s Erdogan back in 2009 at the Davos conference, long before the Gaza flotilla incident: