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Turkish Warships Headed for Israeli Waters
The Turkish escalation against Israel is growing at alarming rates. The reasons are several but the Turkish leaders are wanting to challenge Israeli supremacy in the region and they seem to think they have a calling for Turkey to become a "great power" by provoking Israel. It also wants to be the leader of the Muslim world and walk a fine line between the West and East, Although Turkey is a NATO member, so far, NATO is trying to diffuse the situation via the back door. The US has taken the other approach and now as denied Turkey a shipment of drones when their drones from Israel are in needed repairs and there are no Israeli technicians to repair them or operate them. Turkey has sent three naval frigates to challenge the Israeli navy outside of their 12 mile territorial waters, which they claim as their territory. Many of its gas and oil drilling are outside of the zone. Turkey seems to think otherwise because the area contains gas and oil deposits. The Turks have said they will disarm any Israeli naval ship that approaches them. NATO has warned Turkey that if it seeks confrontation with Israel, the NATO alliance with Turkey will suffer greatly. Since Aug. 17, a full-blown war has been underway against PKK strongholds in northern Iraq between Turkey and the PKK. Turkey was using drones and now states it will invade the PKK areas if they have to. The result of this action would cause even more danger because the PKK are in Northern Iraq. The main battlefields are the Qandil Mountains region, Sinath-Haftanin, Hakurk and Gara.
If Turkish and Israeli naval ships fight one another, there is little doubt now that the US will back Israel and NATO will distance itself from Turkey. Turkey seems to have a 'grand" design to recapture the Ataturk glory days just after WW1.