Shortly after last year's Gaza Flotilla, Okan and I began working on a documentary about the Mavi Marmara incident. The project never got off the ground (for lack of funding), but I was thinking about it today. Turned out that this kid proved our best political prognosticator: "Such things happen. They'll make up. That's that."
From today's Hürriyet Daily News: Why business as usual between Israel and Turkey:
The well-known secret around town nowadays is the increasing number of contacts between Israel and Turkey. I don’t know whether official contacts are working in the right direction. There are rumors, but when in the economy, there are concrete figures. When it comes to the economy; it is business as usual between Israel and Turkey. Let me tell you why ...
There are two ancient principles of diplomacy to recall when trying to understand this. They rarely fail anyone. The first, as Lord Palmerston said, is that nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.
The second, as every Turk has been taught since infancy, is that a Turk has no friend but a Turk. Don't ever get too excited about the ideas that Turkey has been lost to the West or regained by the West or "gone Islamist" or "stayed secular." It's a country with distinct national interests that it may be expected to pursue at all times--often shortsightedly, often foolishly, but always in the service of what it perceives to be its own interests. Nothing special about that, it's just what nations do.