- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It should come as no surprise that Turkey - while attempting to absolve itself of blame for the aggressive use of a flotilla to deliver supplies to the Hamas enclave in Gaza - is again the hub for a new effort to resupply the terrorist group (“Flotilla report clears Israel; new blockade break planned,” Geopolitics, Monday).

In contrast to the previous Turkish government, which considered Israel a friend, the current regime under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has turned virulently anti-Israel with its support not only for Iran, but Hezbollah and Hamas.

It is time that the United States recognizes the profound change in the current government for what it is - a fundamentalist Islamic nation - and act accordingly. Israel is now aware of the Turkish government’s policies. The United States should realize that Turkey is no longer an ally but a nation that has joined hands with our enemies.

NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring, Md.


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