Erdogan must realize that his policy of "zero problems with neighbors" has been a dismal failure, his domestic policy that spreads fear rather than freedom will come back to haunt him, and his blind support of extremist groups such as Hamas will catch up with him.
Despite the headlines over the recent Mavi Marmara protests and a Turkish court's arrest orders for the Israeli commanders "responsible" for the incident, Ankara and Jerusalem are tantalizingly close to a comprehensive settlement that would open the door to greater strategic cooperation.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington on May 16 comes at a pivotal time when the Middle East is riddled with extraordinary conflicts that have the potential of exploding into a regional war.
. Nonetheless, as the Syrian crisis continues to threaten the security of all the Levantine states and the Iranian issue continues its slow boil, greater cooperation should be expected between the two. The rapprochement is real; the question is, does it matter?
The United Nations' recent report investigating the deaths of nine Turks when Israel stopped a flotilla trying to break a Gaza blockade has brought an end to a suspenseful episode in Turkish-Israeli relations.
There is very little to suggest that Turkey and Israel have enough in common at this point to move beyond the damage. The Turkish insistence on providing military escorts to ships sailing to Gaza all but guarantees a direct clash with the Israeli navy.
The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, amounting to what is internationally recognized as an apartheid system, could end in peace, with Israel abandoning paranoia and racial violence to allow peace.
Israel has to be certain that no jihadists and suicide bombers enter Gaza to join the terrorists already there. Supporters of terrorism have already tried to deliver by ship to Gaza large amounts of war material.