Turkey pushing its own envelope

The latest unfortunate episode of Turkish diplomacy stemmed from the signing of an agreement in mid-August between Israel and the United Arab Emirates - and brokered by the United States - for the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ankara expressed its strongest opposition to the agreement, annoying the United States and earning itself the ridicule of the Arab world. It was laughable for Turkey, which had recognized Israel in 1949 and has an embassy there, to appear irked by a similar move by the UAE, which, what's more, was able to secure from Israel a commitment to suspend its West Bank annexation plans.

Overall, an assessment of the accomplishments of Turkish diplomacy in recent months is nothing short of disappointing: It triggered an anti-Turkish rally in the East Mediterranean over a gas pipeline project, EastMed, which is unlikely to ever...

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