Leading by Example?

Few countries took greater satisfaction in the possibilities for peace in the Middle East than Turkey. Now, few can have as many qualms about their deterioriation.

Israel, Turkey's strategic military ally and economic partner, insists it cannot pull back from its latest assaults on Palestinians while "terrorist" attacks continue. The Palestinians, whose plight attracts the sympathy of Turkey's religious right and secular left alike, view the situation in reverse. Reflecting Ankara's concern that one of its policy cornerstones — friendship with Israel — is in danger of collapse amid the bloodshed, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem wants to lead...

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