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Israelis celebrating attack on Turkish Aid Ship - infront of Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv,
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Israel and the PKK want to teach Turkey a lesson
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Monday, May 31, 2010
MEHMET ALİ BİRAND
First of all let’s agree on a mutual point.
Israel’s attack is the most dangerous step taken up until now and will harm relations with Turkey from the ground up.
The other point is that we need not hold Israel entirely responsible for what happened. The Netanyahu administration should not be accountable for such a frameless and foolhardy attitude. It cannot be linked to entire Israel or the Jews.
The PKK is making calculation mistakes.
Whoever gives these orders, Öcalan or Kandil, I don’t know but they are not very farsighted. They are unable to correctly take the pulse of the Turkish public.
Formerly the Turkish public used to react to terror deeds in a “Do whatever is necessary to solve this issue” way. This attitude was not intended to derive a meaning of surrender to the PKK or accept what the PKK requests but people seemed sick and tired of the issue. The public wanted the state to take action and cease fights.
And it was this weak point the PKK used to agitate. It used to make use of terror and put pressure on Ankara by increasing demonstrations and armed attacks with an attitude of “If you don’t do as we tell, this is what we will do to you.”
But they cannot predict the following anymore…
The Turkish public has started to be affected differently by these terror attacks. Now, each terror incident has hardened the Turkish public a bit more and brought about a result of choking the Kurdish issue.
But Öcalan is mistaken if he wants to fix his situation at İmralı via these attacks or wants to obtain a say in negotiations this way.
Each attack causes the Turkish public to become a bit tenser.
Each incident increases their resistance a bit more.
My hopes started to cease.
I started to think that the PKK and the leaders are not seeking a battle instead of peace.
Israel and the PKK have brought about a change in perception in this country by taking extremely wrong steps.
And now they have to live with the results.