Erdogan needs a reset with the US but Congress could stand in the way

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Istanbul, Turkey, April 20, 2024. [Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via Reuters]

Turkey is attempting the impossible by trying to reestablish a productive relationship with the US while declaring his unreserved support for Hamas, and Congress may be gearing up to push back. After suffering his greatest electoral defeat on March 31, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to rebuild his image with Turkish voters. His first move instituting trade restrictions on Israel. His second move has been let a flotilla, made up of charities linked to Hamas, sail towards Gaza in the hopes of eliciting a military response from Israel. Topping all this will be a scheduled meeting between Erdogan and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul. As Erdogan explained, "Turkey is a country that stands firmly behind Hamas."

Congress should not be shocked by Erdogan's affinity for a terrorist group that massacred 1,200 Israelis on October 7. Since 2011, the Turkish...

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