Are Israel and Turkey Trying to Scuttle US-Russia Plan on Syria?
reported on Tuesday.Shared interests and a conference are all well and good, but Israel and Turkey seem to have read between the lines and not liked the message.Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has spoken up, somewhat testily, that the US needs to do more: “We want the United States to assume more responsibilities and take further steps. And what sort of steps they will take, we are going to talk about this.”“It is clear the regime has used chemical weapons and missiles,” Erdoğan continued. The Assad regime in Syria crossed Obama’s red line a “long time ago,” he said.Then Israel took a shot at Russia and, perhaps intentionally, undermined the US-Russia joint effort on Syria. As the WSJ reports: “Israel has warned the U.S. that a Russian deal is imminent to sell advanced ground-to-air missile systems to Syria, weapons that would significantly boost the regime’s ability to stave off intervention in its civil war.”Very interesting. Immediately after the US and Russia announce plans for coordinated action (or inaction) on Syria, both Israel and Turkey quickly do things to make those plans harder to pull off.[Putin and Obama images courtesy of Getty Images]