Turkey’s Israel agenda: Giving nothing, getting everything - analysis

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Turkey’s Israel agenda: Giving nothing, getting everything - analysis
Ankara’s narrative today is that Israel should route its gas through Turkey so that it can use profits to fund Hamas and other extremist groups in the region.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: JANUARY 23, 2022

Last week, Ankara said President Isaac Herzog would soon visit Turkey. As part of propaganda about the visit, Turkey announced it unilaterally, rather than through normal diplomatic channels with Israel, via the far-right pro-government media outlet Daily Sabah. That article was then recycled by reports in Israeli media about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claiming the visit would happen. The next day, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. It was the first call at the ministerial level in 13 years, reports said.

Meanwhile, Ankara was pushing other types of propaganda to its lobbyists abroad. It wants Jerusalem to know it is celebrating the decision by the US to no longer support an Israel-Greece gas pipeline. The message is that Israel’s natural gas now has nowhere to go and will have to go through Turkey.

Turkey has hosted and backed Hamas terrorists for years. In short, its narrative today is that Israel should route its gas through Turkey so that it can use profits to fund Hamas and other extremist groups in the region, many of which are antisemitic and genocidal.

more............ https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-694269
 
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