Turkey’s Hypocritical Behavior Toward the Palestinians

Earlier this week, Turkey commemorated the deaths of the “martyrs” who were killed by the IDF five years ago during an attempt to break the blockade of Gaza. Meanwhile, the Turkish government has delivered less than 1 percent of the funds it pledged last year for the reconstruction of Gaza. Burak Bekdil writes:

By discreetly encouraging the flotilla, and possibly calculating its aftermath, the Turkish government aimed at two things: boosting then-prime minister (now president) Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s popularity on the Arab street and consolidating his votes among Turkey’s conservative masses. The first aim has dramatically failed, except in the Palestinian territories and Qatar; but the second has been achieved. . . .

One day, perhaps, the Palestinians will understand that their “cause” is, for their Turkish brothers, merely an ideological feel-good motive and an instrument in a quest . . . to consolidate power both at home and in the Arab world. . . . Underneath its “pro-Palestinian” mindset, Turkish solidarity with the Palestinians is less related to the Palestinian cause and more to [Turkish] Islamists’ devotion to the dream of conquest.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Gaza, Islamism, Israel & Zionism, Palestinians, Turkey

How European Fecklessness Encourages the Islamic Republic’s Assassination Campaign

In September, Cypriot police narrowly foiled a plot by an Iranian agent to murder five Jewish businessman. This was but one of roughly a dozen similar operations that Tehran has conducted in Europe since 2015—on both Israeli or Jewish and American targets—which have left three dead. Matthew Karnitschnig traces the use of assassination as a strategic tool to the very beginning of the Islamic Republic, and explains its appeal:

In the West, assassination remains a last resort (think Osama bin Laden); in authoritarian states, it’s the first (who can forget the 2017 assassination by nerve agent of Kim Jong-nam, the playboy half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, upon his arrival in Kuala Lumpur?). For rogue states, even if the murder plots are thwarted, the regimes still win by instilling fear in their enemies’ hearts and minds. That helps explain the recent frequency. Over the course of a few months last year, Iran undertook a flurry of attacks from Latin America to Africa.

Whether such operations succeed or not, the countries behind them can be sure of one thing: they won’t be made to pay for trying. Over the years, the Russian and Iranian regimes have eliminated countless dissidents, traitors, and assorted other enemies (real and perceived) on the streets of Paris, Berlin, and even Washington, often in broad daylight. Others have been quietly abducted and sent home, where they faced sham trials and were then hanged for treason.

While there’s no shortage of criticism in the West in the wake of these crimes, there are rarely real consequences. That’s especially true in Europe, where leaders have looked the other way in the face of a variety of abuses in the hopes of reviving a deal to rein in Tehran’s nuclear-weapons program and renewing business ties.

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More about: Europe, Iran, Israeli Security, Terrorism