A powerful leader who threatens to unseat Turkey’s premier is a onetime ally based in the Poconos. The cleric’s support for better ties with Israel may have sparked the split.
There was once much to bring Israel and Turkey together. Yigal Schleifer writes that the marriage fell apart because close ties never translated into people-to-people understanding.
A few weeks ago, I was reminiscing with a member of a Turkish nongovernmental organization, a person who works on improving business ties with Israel and the Palestinians, about the golden age of Turkey-Israel relations.