Intensely busy, intellectually engaged and emotionally very tense, Turkey is in the midst of two seemingly parallel and synched reform processes: a new constitution and a peace talks with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The righteousness of Israel's cause can be established in open argument and Israel can be victorious in the marketplace of ideas. The time has come to passionately engage Israel's enemies in verbal combat.
Turkey's popular, charismatic and impulsive prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, never ceases to surprise. His recent bombshell was about Turky's flirtation with the "Shanghai Five," The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
If the European Union and the United States had not urged Turkey to end the Turkish army's role as defender of the secularity of the Turkish state, the world, and certainly Israel, would be a safer place today. This a tragic example of unintended consequences.
The Syrian shelling of Akcakale -- a Turkish village on the Syrian border -- and Turkey's military response against Syrian targets was shocking. How did the Turkish-Syrian relations go from close-and-getting-closer to on-the-brink-of-war?
We can not and will not condone any political system that falls short of addressing the full democratic aspirations of its people. This includes the brotherly Egyptian people and certainly the oppressed and proud Syrian people.