Erdoğan’s Turkey: A caliphate in the making?

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By Zvi Mazel.. Under Erdoğan’s leadership, Turkey has become a major player in the Middle East. In order to further his vision, he is active virtually everywhere.  The new crisis with Israel initiated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the Gaza so called “March of Return” demonstrations, taken together with his decision to advance the presidential election, should be regarded as an integral part of his bid for regional hegemony. [Photo top right: Turkish Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan | Credit: Wikipedia].

 Under his leadership, Turkey has become a major player in the Middle East. In order to further his vision, he is active virtually everywhere. This is a major departure from the policy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk—the father of modern Turkey, who not only abolished the caliphate and separated religion from the state, but also turned his back on the Arab world—which he saw as a burden hampering his country’s progress toward parity with the developed West.

Erdoğan’s new course is fraught with danger. Granted, it has given Turkey a welcome prominence on the world stage. But it has also embroiled the country in conflicts with many of its neighbours (Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Syria), worsened already poor relations with Cyprus and triggered a confrontation with Russia. At one point, Ankara’s only friend in the region was Qatar—another strong supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood. Read the full story.

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