Last Friday, Russia began delivery to Turkey of its S-400 surface-to-air-missile system, over repeated objections from the U.S. and other NATO countries. As a result, Washington canceled the sale of its new F-35 jets to Ankara, concerned that Russian engineers might be able to collect valuable classified information about the airplanes, which the S-400 has been designed to shoot down. By thus choosing Moscow over the U.S., Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has decisively marked his shift toward Russia, Iran, and China and away from the West, write Oded Eran and Gallia Lindenstrauss.
Turkey’s Turn Eastward, and What It Means for Israel
Israeli Sovereignty Would Free Residents of the West Bank from Ottoman Law
To its opponents, the change in the legal status of certain areas of Judea and Samaria is “annexation;” to its proponents, it is the “extension of sovereignty” or the “application of Israeli law.” Naomi Khan argues that the last term best captures the practical implications of the measures in question. Since the Six-Day War, the Jewish state has continued to uphold the Ottoman legal system in areas of the West Bank under its jurisdiction—despite the fact that the Ottoman empire ceased to exist in 1922; “annexation” would end this situation. Setting aside the usual questions of foreign policy, security, and the possibility of Palestinian statehood, Khan argues that this change would be the one most felt by those who live there: