Turkey kills its ‘zero problem’ regional policy

“We don’t have the luxury to turn against Europe or US or Middle East or Middle Asia. The stronger a country that has a geography like Turkey bows its arrow, the farthest arrow goes towards Europe. Where is the axis? Axis is in Ankara,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Professor Ahmet Davutoglu in 2009 and waged a dynamic diplomatic initiative to develop friendly relations with Turkey’s regional neighbors. Since then Ahmet, President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have visited neighboring Islamic Republic, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Israel and Georgia to establish AKP’s ‘zero problem’ regional policy.

However, since the begining of this year, Ankara has lost several of its regional allies in its pursuit to win favors from the US, EU and the western puppet regimes in the Muslim East.

“Turkey eventually lent its support to the NATO attack on Libya, after initially holding back. It has antagonised Iran by its policy on Syria and by agreeing, despite strong domestic opposition, to host a US radar missile installation clearly directed against Iran. The Americans say the installation’s data will be shared with Israel, which has refused to apologise for the attack on the Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara, plunging Israeli-Turkish relations into near crisis. So from “zero problems”, Turkey now has a regional policy full of problems with Israel, Syria and Iran,” says Professor Jeremy Salt (Bilkent University in Ankara).

Turkey which had declared the Zionist regime an enemy – is lately helping it to destroy Turkey’s allies in Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Occupied Palestine and Bahrain. Interestingly, the new arms Turkey is purchasing from United States – are equipped with IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) system that identifies Israeli targets as friends by default.

“The US gives IFF system codes only to Israel. The system can identify friend and enemy targets including planes and warships from long distance. It is also capable of firing missiles automatically. US gives the source of the codes only to Israel as Tel Aviv’s security is more important than any other thing to the US,” Sukru M. Elekdag, Turkey’s former ambassador the US and Japan wrote in Turkish daily Milligazete.

Turkey has 203 F-16 C/D fighter jets. These are Block 30 and Block 40 versions. The Block 50 and 52+ versions of these planes are newer and have more advanced fighting capabilities. Turkey has ordered 30 Block 50 F-16 fighter jets, but the US has not yet delivered them to Turkey.

Israel has 339 F-16 fighter jets, 102 of which are F-16 Block 52+.

Turkey is interested in buying F-35 American advanced jet fighters. Last year Barack Obama promised 20 of those F-35 to Israel if Benji Netanyahu postpone building new illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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