Dec 14 2017

Erdoğan in geopolitical showdown with United States - columnist

Turkey and the United States are in the middle of a geopolitical showdown after President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, pro-government columnist Ibrahim Karagül said.

The show of strength is not just limited to Jerusalem, but the entire region, he said in a column for the Yeni Şafak newspaper on Thursday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s success in pushing through a decision by Muslim leaders in Istanbul to recognise East Jersusalem as the capital of the Palestinian people was an act of defiance against the United States, Karagül said.

The U.S.’s greatest outburst aimed at the region was thwarted by Turkey, with a major reaction rising from Istanbul, displaying defiance. The Jerusalem crisis is no longer a crisis between Turkey and Israel, but has turned into a show of strength between Turkey and the U.S. This is a geopolitical showdown. In this aspect, the matter, the fight is not limited to Jerusalem. It is the signal of new activity aimed at the entire region.

Erdoğan has “activated the Muslim world” to prove that leaders are not helpless against attempts by the United States and Israel to dominate the region, Karagül said.

Turkey succeeded despite resistance from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have done a deal with Washington over Jerusalem, he said.

 

We do not yet know most of the details of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed’s secret agreements with the U.S. and Israel. For now, it has been revealed that they made Jerusalem and Palestine the subject of a deal, that they laid it on the table and, in response to this, requested support against Iran.