Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressed his outrage at the Gaza offensive, launched last December in retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks, at the World Economic Forum in Davos the following month, storming out of a session with the Israeli president, Shimon Peres.Turkey is just following the sentiment of the majority of its people. I visited the country in 2006 and 2007 and the protests against the Israeli agression on Lebanon were seen all across Istanbul. And Turkey is acting according to its historic role in the region when the Ottoman empire ruled over most of the middle east including Palestine. Actually, the archeological museum in Istanbul has very interesting artefacts from the region including Palestine. Moreover, Turkey is mending relations with Armenia and no longer need Israel's support in the international community to stop a bill labeling the Turkish invasion of Armenia as a genocide. Israel was happily stoping such a bill in the US congress because it nt only served its special relation with Turkey but, for some unknown reason, zionists viewed this as a competition between them and Armenians.
The Israeli media noted that while Erdogan's government had long made its displeasure clear, what was new about Israel's exclusion from this week's "Anatolian Eagle" exercises was the role of the Turkish military, which had been closer to Israel than the civilian government.
The Israeli cabinet had an emergency meeting over the weekend to discuss the damage to Israel's most important military relationship in the region.
And as a result the US and Italy opted out and the exercise was called off.