Recep Tayyip Erdogan:
We are on the side of Islam,
not on the side of sanity and reason
Turkey is drawing a line in the sand and daring the Israelis to cross it, in its attempt to reposition itself as the champion of the Muslim masses in the Middle East. This is just another sign of the end of the “special relationship” that existed between the two states through much of the Cold War period. KGS
If Israel were to violate Turkish airspace in order to conduct reconnaissance operations on Iran, Ankara’s reaction would resemble an “earthquake,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with Egyptian journalist Fahmi Huwaidi published Thursday morning.
Responding to a question concerning rumors that Israel had entered Turkey’s airspace for espionage purposes, Erdogan said that such a thing had never happened, but that the consequences would be dire if it did.
“[Israel] will receive a response equal to that of an earthquake,” he cautioned, urging Israel’s leaders to refrain from “using the relationship they have with [Turkey] as a card to wage aggression on a third party.”
Ankara would not be a neutral party and stand aside with its arms folded, he said.
Erdogan also alluded during the interview to last winter’s IDF Operation Cast Lead, saying that Israel could not reasonably have expected to participate in a joint military drill with Turkey after “sweeping” the people of Gaza.