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Telephone Call from Ankara – An Overlooked Surprise: Israel’s Offer to Withdraw from the Golan Heights in Return of a lasting and solid peace

During the last days, a very important incident was overlooked in the Turkish media which in an ostrich like reflex enclosed itself to its territory due to the tiring acceleration of political events. According to the BBC (1), on Tuesday 22th of April, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan played the role of an interlocutor between the troubled neighbours of Israel and Syria and convened the message of the Israeli PM Ehud Olmert which indicates that Israel would withdraw from the Golan Heights in exchange of a long lasting peace with Syria.

To recall, the Golan Heights which plays a utmost strategic role be it in terms of reconnaissance,  tactical superiority,  water resources,  and others was occupied by Israel during the notorious 6 Day War of 1967, and defended during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Syria urges the return of the Golan Heights for the beginning of any political opening on the issue of peace between the two parties.

According to the BBC” Mr Olmert’s office did not deny the Syrian reports, choosing only to state that they “refuse to comment on the matter”. It is also important that Erdogan’s telephone call took days prior to his official visit to the Syrian capital Damascus. Nevertheless, Turkey’s policy with Israel which began with a rapprochement during the second part of the 1990s, and the spring time entered in the aftermath of the Öcalan’s purge from Syria during the 1998 and the “Adana Agreement” between the two.  The importance of the Adana Agreement was it elevated Turkey to a position to have good relations with the two simultaneously and which elevated it to a potential  interlocutor.  We can just say that this is a  very important development for Turkey in the Middle East. If this process between Syria and Israel can work out, then Turkey should began to play a role which it aspired from the Bagdad Pact days to play the “so-called brother” policy.

This article is not finished yet. these are the preliminary ideas about this very important incident, keep updated.

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(1). http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7362937.stm

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April 25, 2008 Posted by | Middle Eastern Politics, Turkish daily, Turkish Politics | Leave a comment

From Beirut to Bosnia – Muslims and the West: A Personal Journey by Robert Fisk

Wonderful three part documentary by Robert Fisk.

Can be downloaded under:

Part I:

http://freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=200

Part II:

http://freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=201
Part III

http://freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=202

Credits

FROM BEIRUT TO BOSNIA: BEIRUT TO BOSNIA

Director
DUTFIELD, Mike
Production Company
Chameleon Television
Production Company
Barraclough Carey Productions
Executive Producer
LANDIS, Tomi Bednar
Producer
WALSH, Dennis
Script
FISK, Robert
Photography
FOSTER, Stephen
Photography
HODGE, Frank
Photography
WHITE, Phil
Editor
REYNOLDS, Barry
Music
WOOD, Ernie
Reporter
FISK, Robert
Host
PALMER, John

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Journalism and Journalists, Middle Eastern Politics | Leave a comment

Robert Fisk, Journalism and War in Iraq

April 19, 2008 Posted by | Journalism and Journalists, Middle Eastern Politics | Leave a comment