What’s Behind the Snub Erdogan Gave Bolton, and Why Some in Israel Are Still Optimistic

Source:Haaretz Date:09Jan2019

A view of Erdogan from Israel:

There are those convinced that Erdogan has shifted the country decisively in an anti-Western and anti-Israeli direction, and that it should be viewed as a hostile actor in the region, along with Iran. They base this assessment on the coordination between the two countries in Syria and the fact that despite previous commitments, Turkey is still a base for senior Hamas operatives, directing attacks in the West Bank from Istanbul.

The opposing view holds that while Erdogan is incurably hostile to Israel and quite likely an anti-Semite, Turkey’s geographical location, its membership in NATO and identity as a non-Arab nation mean that it remains a potential ally, at least after Erdogan leaves the stage.