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  1. Jimmy Kornetka

    “Erdoğan’s refusal to cancel his trip to Gaza despite requests by both the State Department and the Palestinian Authority that he do so suggests the Turkish leader continues to let radical inclinations outweigh responsible statesmanship.”

    I think it is quite daring to accuse a statesman like Erdoğan of being swayed by radical inclinations in his decision making processes. What do you even mean by “radical”, Herr Anziger?

    Could it be that Erdoğan is just omnibalancing in order to maintain his authority and influence? To me it seems that this is a common modus operandi for a high-calibre politician such as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

    Just for the record, the whole political dispute between Israel and Turkey caused by the Mavi Marmara incident had no negative effects on trade relations between the two respective states. “In 2011, imports from Israel reached an all-time high with $2 billion; the figure was only $1.360 billion the previous year, while the exports amounted to $2.4 billion, up from $2 billion in 2010, the year in which the Mavi Marmara, carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, was raided on May 31.” (http://www.todayszaman.com/news-279529-turkey-and-israel-business-as-usual-after-the-mavi-marmara.html)

    This again suggests that oil and gas imports from Israel are quite likely to go ahead.

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