Nothing sends people to their instinctual and reflexive tribal bunkers like fighting between Israel and Hamas. Sometimes things are complicated and sometimes they are black and white, but it’s difficult to tell what’s what during times like this. When rockets rain down on Israelis forced to flee in the middle of the night to shelters and stairwells in their pajamas, and when entire blocks of Gaza City are reduced to rubble, the market for looking at the wider context is almost non-existent. Nevertheless, let’s give it a shot.
There are two sets of events–tensions over Jerusalem, and fighting between Israel and Hamas–that are barreling out of control, and while they are linked in a few important ways, they should be considered separately. While many would argue that the series of events that unfolded in Jerusalem over the past weeks is complex and the Israel-Hamas contretemps is straightforward, it’s actually the…
As the escalation in Israel-Palestine continues to rise, it is important to understand the root of the current crisis. This interesting thread may help explaining the complexity of the situation in Jerusalem.
Reposting my latest podcast for Ahval’s Turkey Trends on latest UN sponsored Cyprus talks with Fikri Toros, member of Turkish Cypriot TRNC parliament.
Fikri Toros believes that the appetite for a just reunification exists on the Turkish Cypriot side.
“Turkish Cypriots basically demonstrated their strong will on a bizonal and bicommunal federation based upon political equality,” Toros told Ahval in a recent podcast, referring to the result of a referendum to reunite the island in April 24, 2004. “This political will and desire of the Turkish Cypriots remain intact and valid.”
Toros, who is a member of the pro-federation main opposition Republican Turkish Party, is still optimistic for a solution based on the federation model despite the apparent prevalence of support for a two-state solution, exemplified by the victory of Tatar at presidential elections in October.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has for decades spent time and energy to fight against similar decisions across the world. Several countries have moved towards recognition in the last decade, joining the growing chorus of calling the 1915 events a genocide. This can in part be attributed to decades of activism by Armenian diaspora communities worldwide, Erdemir said. There is an absolute lack of empathy in an average Turk for the enormous pain Armenian communities and individuals suffered, he said. In his view, this denial is more concerning than what word they would use to describe the events of 1915.
Here is my latest podcast Ahval’s Turkish Trendsdiscussing Libya with Aya Burweila, a senior adviser at the Research Institute for European and American Studies and a BBC Expert Woman in Terrorism and Radicalisation. Burweila said that Turkey and its Islamist proxies and forces in war-torn Libya will do everything to make sure presidential and legislative elections will not take place in the country as scheduled. She added that Turkey wants to keep the Syrian mercenaries it deployed in Libya as an insurance policy to both provide security for loyalist Libyan politicians as well as put pressure on the Tripoli government to do what it want.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced the beginning of a new era in the relations between Egypt and Turkey this week. Egypt’s lukewarm response to apparent olive branches from Turkey, on the other hand, has raised questions on the success of this proposed reset by Ankara.
It was a pleasure to speak with Middle East expert Steven A. Cook, in a podcast with of Turkish Trends on Turkey and Egypt.
Cook, a senior research fellow for the Middle East and North Africa at the Council on Foreign Relations, said Egypt was in the driving seat in the reconciliation process, and thus far, Egyptian officials had not been satisfied with Ankara’s performance. He added said that in order for countries to mend ties, there were a number of Egyptian demands that Ankara needed to meet.
Cook said Egypt was taking a hard line against the Turkish presence in Libya in much the same way Greece was doing against a maritime agreement between Ankara and the administration in Tripoli. The deal, signed in November 2019, grants Turkey access to Libyan waters, cutting across territory claimed by Athens. Libyans must be worried about the prospects that Turkey is abandoning them, Cook concluded.