Turkey's Never Ending Test..

Worldbulletin's Editor: Those who are managing Turkey and providing for a wide foundation are in an important test in this time to find the most comprehensive solution.

Turkey's Never Ending Test..

Editorial / Erhan Erken

As we approach the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Turkey was shaken once more with another terrorist attack.

Taking place at the international arrivals of Ataturk aiport, at this point in time it seems three suicide bombers were responsible for the death of 45 people and injuring 235. Before anything else, we pray for the the blessing of God for those who were killed and a speedy recovery for those who were injured.
This deadly act takes place immediately after two important decisoins were made regarding Turkey's foreign policy and upon the exit of UK from EU.

With the Mavi Marmara incident causing a serious decline in relations with Israel, an important phase has been left behind with the normalization of Turkish-Israeli relations. In the agreement with Israel, there will be some relaxing of the blockade even though the blockade on this region will not be completely lifted. New inititives will also be put in place regarding water, energy, organized industrial zones and the building of a hospital. An important Turkish aid ship is also underway to carry humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Judging by the statements made by the Hamas and Palestinian wings, there has been a development in which previous rights that had been lost have been recovered and as such, at least partially, there will be some comfort for the people.

At the same time, this can also be assessed as a balancing factor regarding the basis of the war in Syria, the Gulf and the increasing role that Iran plays in the Yemen war. Without a doubt, the agreement paves a safe way for the marketing of Israeli gas to the world, in addition to an easing of business and trade that had experienced difficulty as a result of the frosty relations are important gains for Israel. According to other some other clauses in the agreement, Turkey will also play a role in making an effort to ease attacks on Israel by Hamas and Palestinians.

From the perspective of Turkey, this agreement will balance the Syrian situation even if only partially. At the same time, it will also be an important partner that will help overcome the difficulties it has experienced in recent times with the United States. This will also change the legal process that is related to the Reza Zarraf, and in the face of the accusations that have been directed to Turkey, Israel who has serious weight in world finance, standing by Turkey will also bring much advantage.

Regarding the migration and the free movement of people towards Europe, this will give some distance to Turkey and the Russian factor which I will address will add further power to Turkey. A further improvement in foreign policy is the softening of relations between Turkey and Russia that were increasingly strained after the downing of the Soviet jet. In his letter to Putin, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expression of his sadness and his deep condolences to the family of the dead pilot brings forward two crucial points.

The warmth response by Putin also suggests that we have entered new era of more positive relations between the two countries. This also shows promise that the decline of economic relations between the two countries will once more be revived, there will renewed activity in the tourism industry, and a rebuilding of trust that was shaken in the energy sector that has binded the two neighbouring countries. As a consquence of the softening of relations, we can expect a new balance that will emerge in the Syrian war in the south east of Turkey.

Another development that will further enhance these two events is that its highly possible that normalization of Turkish relations with Egypt will be expected to occur. With Turkey at one stage Turkey aiming for a zero problem policy with its neighbours it found itself completely alone with an increasingly deteriorating conjecture, the renewed alliances and agreements can be seen in the light of the countrys' interests. The quick changing position however can be considered important as a long term stance on foreign policy but utmost care should be paid so as to not compromise on principles.
In regard to Israel, whether it be occupying state, or its aggressive attitude in Jerusalem as the first direction of prayer for Musims, or its inhumane attitude towards Palestine and Gaza, the courageous attitude, even with an agreement in place, should be maintained.

In addition, the position that was taken when the coup deposed of the democratically elected Morsi, even if an agreement with Egypt is delivered, it will ensure Turkey's position will not lose its positive image amongst the people in the region. If not, then Turkey will be seen as a nation that changes axis for its political interest, and whilst we will some advantage over the short ter, it will be seen as a weakening over the long term.

Meanwhile, last weeks UK vote to leave the EU will undoubtedly affect the balance and reveal a new status. In particular the Syrian crisis that has resulted in a wave of mass immigration that has threatened Europe also has implications on Turkey-EU relations and possibly clear the way to resolving the problems of the relations with the EU which are of much importance to Turkey.

It is common knowlege that Turkey has been trying to gain entry into the EU since the 1960's. However the EU nations in order to control economic relations with Turkey and obtain maximum benefit from Turkey have refused to give them full benefit of an EU partnership. In addition, European countries have consistely evaluated their relations with Turkey on the basis of religion - more so than Turkey ever has - and at every opportunity has given Turkey the "other" treatment. Prior to the British referendum both campaigns for leave and remain made references to Turkey's relations with the EU and it was clearly evident that there were Islamophobic factors regarding the entire campaign.

As a result of these three important development and the subsquent expected softening in foreign policy after the attack, the timing has paved the way for a decrease in morale and sadness. Of course, not withstanding the terrorist attacks in the East and the increasingly ongoing hit and run style terrorist attacks in a number of areas in the country has also made a significant impact.

In spite of all this however, the friendships resulting from the foreign policy have increased and in turn has led to a reduction in hostilities. In respect to the attacks within the border of Turkey; whilst struggling against the elements that wish to divide and weaken the country, we need to show utmost care in ensuring that the fraternal population that we are bound to by law must always be maintained. In any case, care should be taken to not stray away from justice. The people should not lose the rights gained after years of being caught between the terrorists and the state. The people people who have lived here for hundreds of years with a devastating arms struggle for arms and who are an important part of the country, should not have to experience a crisis of confidence in regards to the management of their country.

Those who are managing Turkey, within the frame of the balances listed, and providing for a wide foundation based on consultation are in an important test in this time to find the most comprehensive solution.

As a nation during the sublime environment that is gifted to us by the holy month of Ramadan, we must make a fervent effort to cling tightly to the rope of God, pray earnestly and keep our morale high in for the best result for the land that we live in and for the Muslim brethren around the world.

On this occasion we wish you a blessed Eid-ul-Fitr.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Temmuz 2016, 19:05