In my opinion the only thing holding back Turkey’s Islamist government are the army generals who are staunch defenders of Ataturk’s ¬†secular principles.

JERUSALEM¬†(Reuters)Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has likened Turkey to Iran on the eve of its 1979 Islamic revolution, saying Ankara’s policies were to blame for the breakdown of ties with the Jewish state.

Writing in Thursday’s edition of the Jerusalem Post under the headline “We will not be Turkey’s punching bag,” Lieberman offered to meet his Turkish counterpart as part of a “frank and honest dialogue” on how their alliance might be restored.

But in the latest rhetorical broadside to follow Israel’s deadly interception of a Turkish-sponsored aid flotilla that tried to breach its Gaza blockade in May, far-rightist Lieberman put the onus on the Islamist-rooted government in Ankara.

“The completely unilateral change in the relations is not reflective of our actions; rather it is the result of Turkey’s internal politics,” he said.

“Unfortunately, recent events in Turkey are reminiscent of Iran before the Islamic Revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Like Turkey, Iran was among Israel’s closest allies and the two nations held good relations between both governments and people.”

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