Erdogan’s Planned Gaza Visit Counterproductive to Turkey’s Long-Term Goals

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s upcoming visit to the Gaza Strip, tentatively set for later this month, is proving to be yet another test for Ankara’s Middle East policy, which has been battered by the regional upheaval of the past two years. While Erdogan has long wanted to make an official trip to Hamas-ruled Gaza, he has also been receiving strong messages from the United States, as well as the Palestinians’ Fatah faction, to put the visit off. With Erdogan insisting that the trip will take place as planned, the Gaza visit is becoming an increasingly high-stakes venture for […]

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