Since becoming Turkey’s prime minister in 2003, now-President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has systematically undermined his country’s alliance with the Jewish state and moved in an increasingly Islamist and anti-American direction. Philip Terzian argues that the country is unlikely to revert to its former position.
Turkey’s Turn against the U.S. and Israel Is Not an Aberration
Islamic Texts Provide Evidence That Belies Palestinian Propaganda about the Temple Mount
In the past few years, Palestinian leaders have added to their familiar, scurrilous claim that Israel plans to seize or destroy the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock the assertion that there never was a Jewish Temple there, and that the site had no significance to Jews before modern times. Nadav Shragai argues that, to counteract this effort to rewrite history, it is not sufficient to turn to the wealth of archaeological evidence, which might not prove persuasive to a Muslim audience. Instead, he urges Israel and its defenders to build their case on Islamic sources: