Thursday, March 28, 2013

Part 2:Cyprus, Israel,Turkey, Syria: NATO and global resource diversion/control

Must Read :Part 1:Cyprus, Israel,Turkey, Syria: NATO and global resource diversion/control  before you read any further into the post below, unless you have been reading along here for the past month, minimally.

Here is where Turkey & Israel come into play.
Recall the big news of Israel 'apologizing' to Turkey? That very strategic, very timely move happened in relation to Syria's destabilization. As I had mentioned it would on numerous occasions. If you're new to my previous claims, become aware here: Israel/Turkey "kiss and makeup" Ominous for Syrian Situation

Yet another reason for the timely apology is relevant to Iran. The impending Israeli attack on Iran.
Flight routes and more.  That aspect mentioned most recently in this post:  Syrian"opposition" at Arab League. "Requests" US counter SA Airpower , that ended with this comment

It sure is a good thing Turkey and Israel  mended fences. And such......

The campaign against Syria, an impending attack on Iran all served by the psyop of the Israeli apology to Turkey. Still, there is more..For Cyprus, a Sudden Need to Play Nice With Turkey

A sudden need to play nice? Why? What has happened that has forced Cyprus's hand in this regard? Read on. Read on.

 With its economy in tatters, Cyprus urgently needs to tap its natural gas deposits. But opening the spigot will force the easternmost member of the European Union to make the tough choices it has long been loath to confront. 
Since the discovery of the gas two years ago in nearby waters, Cyprus has been laying plans to get the gas to market by circumventing Turkey, which has occupied the northern third of the island for nearly 40 years
Cyprus wanted to get it's gas to market without the involvement and enriching of Turkey...
It seems NATO and the EU had other ideas

 But in less than a week, those Cypriot ambitions have been dealt a double blow.
The second blow came via the banking take down by the EU:

On Monday, Cyprus was forced to shrink a banking sector that could have helped channel capital for vital energy infrastructure as a condition for a €10 billion, or $13 billion, bailout from the European lenders and the International Monetary Fund. The deal fended off an uncontrolled default and the country’s exit from the euro, but snatched away the keys to Cyprus’s prosperity in recent decades.

The first blow came via the Israeli apology to Turkey
Three days earlier, Israel — on whose additional gas Cyprus was relying to turn itself into an energy export hub — mended fences with Turkey. The reconciliation, over an Israeli raid three years ago that left nine Turks dead on an aid vessel bound for Gaza, has opened the way for normal relations between Israel and Turkey that could include direct cooperation in the energy sector, bypassing Cyprus. 
The sudden reversal of fortunes implies that fiercely self-reliant Cypriots may need to brush up on their own relations with Turkey to make its gas wealth a reality. 

“The saddling of Cyprus with so much debt could be an indirect way of the E.U. pushing Greek Cypriots into some kind of resolution of the Cyprus problem,” said Fiona Mullen, director of Sapienta Economics, a consulting firm based in Nicosia. “If you have to pledge the wealth of future generations to save your souls today, then this puts a premium on making as much revenue out of the gas as fast as possible.”

The saddling of Cyprus could be an indirect way of pushing....???
The saddling of Cyprus with so much debt was a direct blow on Cyprus and the people,  delivered via a very big stick, wielded by the EU in collusion with NATO. Let's not dance around this scenario.
The EU crushed Cyprus. Intentionally. The EU acted like a terrorist organization to bring about a desired for political change!

E.U. lawmakers also regard the Cypriots’ desperate need for cash as leverage for a settlement with Turkey, but underline the huge political challenges.
For Cyprus and Turkey, “gas exploration and export could be the coal and steel commodity that united France and Germany after the war” 
 “The thing that we haven’t as yet seen in the Eastern Mediterranean that we saw after the war here is leadership of a statesmanlike quality that can carry such a deal through,
 Both sides have sparred over ownership of the gas, creating another obstacle to reunification rather than an incentive to cooperate.


This explains why Turkey got so hot under the collar when Cyprus pondered putting the gas up as collateral to get a bail out from Russia. I did wonder what the drama was all about at that time. Not anymore.

Cyprus Savior Should Be Turkey Not Russia, Standard Bank Says

Also Turkey has just halted energy deals with Eni, because they were involved with Cyprus

 “It is not acceptable that the Greek Cypriot side uses the economic crisis it is facing as an opportunity to create new fait accomplis,” the ministry said in a statement. The “only way to exploit the natural resources of the island” is “the clear consent of the Turkish Cypriot side regarding the sharing of these natural resources,” according to the ministry.
Turkey is now in play. Here comes Israel and that apology:

 The thaw is mainly aimed at containing the conflict in Syria. Rebuilding trust still could take time. But the move already looks like a game-changer for the region’s energy politics. 

“Détente between Israel and Turkey could make the export of Israeli gas to and through Turkey feasible,” said Michael Leigh, a senior adviser with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. “This is among Israel’s most commercially viable export options.” 

Cyprus’s diminished stature makes “a new Israel-Cyprus-Greece Mediterranean energy corridor or political alignment unlikely,” he said. “All three countries should seek ways to cooperate with Turkey in developing the region’s resources.”
Focusing on hydrocarbons would be a smart move for the Cypriots, who need to diversify their “economy away from dependence on offshore banking” and should “like the Israelis and the Norwegians, develop energy-related high-tech industries,” Mr. Leigh added.
A key player is Noble Energy, based in Houston, which is leading the drilling in Cypriot waters, along with Israeli partners, giving both the United States and Israel huge stakes in the find.
Noble Energy. That name has definitely been mentioned at this blog on a number of occasions

The US and Israel come out on top in the crushing of Cyprus and the destruction of Syria.
Turkey gains in a big way!
I have more, but, am out of time and this again is going too long
There will have to be a part 3. Sorry.....

Part 3- Cyprus, Israel, Turkey, Syria: NATO and global resource diversion/control”


  1. Hey all

    Not sure when I will be able to get part 3 up
    Definitely not today.

    Please leave comments for the two part post here?

    I am thinking this would be much easier for all who wish to discuss this broad topic.

  2. Hi,

    What you've mentioned here is exactly what Cypriot TV news is saying tonight. The Turks have continued their usual 'threats' today(as the news report goes) saying that they want a solution to the Cyprus problem and the agreement on gas deposits as soon as possible or the only result will be a two-state division to be officially recognised.

    Here's something on the Turkish apology...


    1. Marie, do you recall a couple of weeks back I had responded to you
      Stating I was trying to figure out just how Syria fit into this whole thing with Cyprus
      And why Cyprus? Why now
      When I get to part 3 I am hoping to tie it all together

      Who will "officially recognize" this two state division?
      I have to read your link, thanks
      If you catch anymore info leave it please?

      That all said it appears Cyprus is being destroyed, financially, intentionally.
      Cyprus is being terrorized by the elite NATO/EU/US/Israeli terrorists

  3. Yet more angles and motives:

    Turkey and Israel Reconcile Amid PKK Peace Promise

    Al-Akhbar | March 25, 2013

    What will a Turkish-Israeli reconciliation mean for Syria? As Israel concedes wrongdoing on the Mavi Marmara, does this signal further alignment on Syria aims? Throw PKK head Abdullah Öcalan’s recent announcement to halt armed activities against Turkey in the mix and the ramifications for Syria are tremendous.

    Last week was full of dramatic events, which will continue to impact the situation in Syria and the region. Two days following the election of Ghassan Hitto, a Kurd with a US passport, to head the “interim Syrian government,” the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan announced the cessation of armed activities against Turkey. His move is further indication of the strategic and tactical link between the events.

    It seems that PKK fighters, whom Öcalan asked to leave Turkey under formal guarantees from Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be heading to Syria to support the Kurdish militias.

    Erdogan was quick to reconcile and ally himself with Öcalan to achieve more of his regional aims. These actions prompted confusion on behalf of Turkish nationalists who could not find a logical reason for the reconciliation between Erdogan and Öcalan.

    Erdogan and his foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu wanted to leave behind all these complex calculations by strengthening their alliance with the US. This meant a reconciliation with Tel Aviv, according to the conditions set during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest visit to Ankara.

    This could be the reason behind last week’s backtracking by Erdogan on his former statements on Zionism, announcing that he had not meant what he said and that he is neither against Judaism nor Zionism…

    1. Hey Atheo, thanks for leaving that
      I actually did touch on the Kurdish angle.. recently and on numerous previous occasions

      It looks as if Syria will get the Iraq treatment
      To continue to serve, as in Iraq, the agenda of chaos to create the order

      It seems that is why we are looking at two leaders for Syria
      One Hitto the Kurd, the other Al Khatib the Sunni.

      "Moaz al-Khatib sitting at the Arab League? Not Hitto, the Kurd from Texas?
      Are we looking at two western ordained leaders for a divided Syria?
      It appears so."

  4. Great work Penny.

    Are Syrian oil rights effected at all by this drilling? I guess the war helps hide any theft of their oil, eh?

    1. Stay tuned WWM
      and I will explain how Syria plays into all this.. to the best of my knowledge

  5. I was looking into Cyprus from another angle, & this adds into clearing up a couple of things that didn't seem to make real sense at the time.
    The headline problem that led to the Cypriot default was the Marfin Laiki bank (also called the Marfin Popular Bank), with the Bank of Cyprus following behind it. As usual, it was a small cabal at the top which inspite of the banks superb fundamentals (some of the best ratio of deposits to loans in the Eurozone) managed to saddle the banks with massive debts by extensively gambling on mostly Greek bonds, picking up massive profits for those connected insiders along the way.
    The oddity in this is that they continued to buy Greek bonds in massive amounts after the Greek crisis had exploded, while the European regulators were essentially cheering them on. The ECB performed 'stress tests' twice while in the middle of this & both times sang their praises, essentially saying how wonderful & stable the Cyprus banks were, and came out with a statement only recently that everything was fine. The IMF were also onboard, stating "Supervision is strong, effective, and in compliance with International Standards"
    Meanwhile Laiki had been expanding heavily into Eastern Europe, with 73 branches in Ukraine, 26 in Serbia, 27 in Romania, 41 in Malta & 27 in Russia (5 in UK). In their investor presentations in these countries they said they had NO exposure to Greek debt, & that the Bank of Cyprus didn't either at the end of 2011 (a flat lie).
    Marfin Laiki's largest shareholder is Dubai - 18.8% through the Dubai Group, with the second largest shareholder being the Marfin Investment Group, of which they 9.55%.
    In their investor presentation they seemed to boast of ties to Noble Energy & extensively talked up the Gas sector, which seemed to make little sense for a bank.

    Some of this could be explained by the obvious corruption & insider trading that is rampant, but the close support of the ECB & IMF of these banks prior to collapsing them would seem to open them up for charges of at best, complete incompetence, at worst, active collusion in fraud, & major lawsuits by investors seem likely. And while their is very little reporting of this aspect in the MSM, one of the biggest investors enticed into buying into the Bank of Cyprus at the end of 2010 was a Russian tycoon, who was likely persuaded by the great ECB/IMF backing, and very likely numerous other investors/depositors.
    These banks were being actively packaged & sold as safe havens from troubled economies in Eastern Europe & Greece, and the ECB & IMF's support played a major role in this.

    Is The Collapse Of Cyprus Due To This Man?

    Marfin Laiki investor presentation in Ukraine, Novemeber 2011

    1. Ken M

      "The oddity in this is that they continued to buy Greek bonds in massive amounts after the Greek crisis had exploded, while the European regulators were essentially cheering them on."

      why would the banks even touch the Greek bonds?
      This just seems so preposterous. and bothersome
      as in it bothers me... why would the ECB/IMF cheer them on unless.....
      Unless, they wanted to bring Cyprus down?
      How is it these banks "passed" the stress tests?
      Unless the tests were cooked? And we have seen that previously with the American banks.... if I am not mistaken?
      Because it really, really looks as if Cyprus was intentionally crushed
      I simply cannot come to any other conclusion
      Looking at the strategic positioning
      The avoidance of a means to market their massive gas resources

    2. The tests were essentially cooked, but there was some interesting minor dramas to it initially.
      What the major banks have apparenently been doing is hiding all their bad debts & gambles in what is called the "Error checking" account so that they won't show up on the balance sheet.
      This is well understood by both what is left of the regulatory agencies (which now mostly consist of & are run by well-connected banking insiders themselves) who well understand this process, & the banks. If you are one of the TBTF banks or well-connected enough the regulators simply avoid looking there.
      Some minor drama ensued intially in the US where there were allegations that the regulators had collaborated directly with TBTF banks in hiding their appalling balance sheets & bad practises before & during the tests... - Even though everyone understood that they were from the same 'class' with the same goals, they were atleast expected to maintain the fiction of a regulatory body to atleast not collaborating directly on these matters.
      This seems to have been resolved to the bankers relief, in that subject is now safely swept under the carpet & will not be brought up again, no matter how flagrant these collaborations are.

      Europe was supposed to be atleast slightly different. Even though Mario Draghi, a former managing director of Goldman Sachs International & a Brookings Institue trustee is head of the ECB (& played a major role in advancing the banking cartels into the top of the decision making functions in the EU), the regulatory bodies were not supposed to have been corrupted to the same extent, with the bureaucratic bodies involved showing some independance.

      However what seems to have happened is that they seem to have been corrupted in a slightly different fashion.
      In the US, among the elite the understanding that there simply isn't any seperation between elite private & public offices is well advanced & widely supported.

      In Europe, the corruption had to come from on high in a more direct political fashion, & politics rather than business seems to have played more of a leading role (although the wide-scale greed & corruption that goes along with it also played a major role).
      This is partly why the European crisis is playing out in such a patchy fashion - as political factionism in how these decisions are made & carried out is continually fought over, ie. there is much more competition in who will be targeted, who the scapegoats will be, who gets the leading edge of the profits, etc.;
      Whereas in the US there is much broader agreement in the elites on these matters, with only minor differences in 'democrats' & 'republican' elite positions, mostly on divisions of spoils.

      "Because it really, really looks as if Cyprus was intentionally crushed
      PS. Have come to the same conclusion myself. There was likely some opportunism involved, but the destruction cannot be anything other than intentional, & it is obviously bigger than trying to grab some Russian cash to prop up bad Euro debts ( although crushing an offshore zone that the Russians were major players in played a major part as a selling point for the Eurocrats)

  6. Hi Penny, I gave my post a touch of class by linking to yours :)

    1. Hi Clothcap
      thanks I went over and read what you have put up, it is very complimentary to this post
      And I thank you for it :)
      I also like the touch of class comment....
      as soon as I can I have to put part 3 up.
      good luck with the house hunting you had previously mentioned

  7. The launch of the Iran/Iraq/Syria pipeline is pretext enough for Syria breakup. How much time and effort and resources have been spent trying to contain Iran? The IPI has also commenced planning/funding and the US has said it will sanction if it "gets completed." Such breakouts need to be juxtaposed against this article which will have the Russians and Iran curious to say the least. Secret agreements with the opposition to pipe gas through Syria/Turkey to Europe? And the water to ISrael is a nice twist as well.

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry denied March 28 opposition claims that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu signed secret agreements with the Syrian opposition on the sidelines of talks in Qatar Nov. 8 to 11, 2012. The agreements contained provisions such as the delivery of Qatari natural gas to Europe with a pipeline crossing Syria and Turkey, Republican People's Party Spokesperson Haluk Koç had claimed March 27. He also alleged that it had been planned to transport water from the Atatürk dam to Israel via Syria.

    Recall that Turkey is pushing for a pipeline from Cyprus to pipe the gas onwards to Europe and beyond. Cyprus on the other hand has been adamant that LNG plant is the only way forward.

    1. "The Foreign Ministry also denied claims reported by the Turkish media that Davutoğlu had visited Israel months prior to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apology to hold negotiations on the issue"

      Anon: they likely didn't have to discuss the apology anyway
      since it was all bullshit!

      "Recall that Turkey is pushing for a pipeline from Cyprus to pipe the gas onwards to Europe and beyond".


      Cyprus on the other hand had been adamant that LNG plant is the only way forward.
      Am I reading correctly that the state was going to undertake this plant, likely as a way to get around Turkish involvement?
      That's all gone now isn't it?

  8. Hi Penny,

    I'm reading everything you've been writing here, and I believe you've hit the nail on the head (as they say)! Looking forward to reading more. As you know, I'm not over there right now so I'm having to rely on friends telling me what's happening, plus yours and other's blogs, plus the MSM (unfortunatley).

    @KenM... From what I've been told personally (having worked in the financial sector over there) The Co-op Bank was specifically told NOT to buy the bonds but went ahead anyway, causing a 6 million euro debt (as just one small example) The board were fighting over giving control to the Greek Marfin Finance guy (sorry can't remember his name) and he purposely went over their heads in giving the okay to buy bonds, which everyone knew about but then apparently 'forgot' ... How is this possible?


    1. Hey Marie

      How is this possible?
      Isn't that the question that everyone would like an answer to?
      Who was this guy that just went ahead and bought the greek bonds?
      After specifically being told not to
      Canada is going to do the same thing
      steal depositers money
      They are lining all their cards up to make it so

    2. One thing that has come out clearly in all the banking fiasco's is that the insiders at the top of the investment side of the bank do not have to run their decisions past either the shareholders or other sections of the bank in these massive gambles no matter how much they would affect the viability of the bank, & they have requirements to disclose these decisions to anyone, keeping it within the the circle of connected insiders.

      This has to do with the 'revolution' in banking stemming from the repeal of the Glass–Steagall Act & the supercharging of the investment side of banks in the US in the late 90's, which was then exported through waves of US bank 'managers' from the likes of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, etc. into foreign banks, vast training/exchange programmes for foreign banks (or any kind of financial institution, including the likes of retirement funds) run by the banking cartels with US gov. assistance, and enormous pressure through US consulates on foreign governments to accept the new rules of the game along with preferential treatment on matters for early adopters.

      From what I can tell, in many cases corporate secrecy laws (NDA's) now cover many aspects of investment banking even within 'public' banks, & this all stems back to decisions under the Clinton administration which destroyed the regulatory framework & put speculative banking practices at the top of the pyramid, backed by enormous official US support in exporting it.

  9. That should of been "& they have NO requirements to disclose these decisions to anyone"...

  10. What did Cyprus hope to gain from its visit to Russia, about midway through this crisis? Some commenters had thought Russia might put money into the Cyprus banks, but it struck me that that would make Russia a nice easy target for the EU central bank/IMF to go after.

    But, what about Russian investment into the Cyprus natural gas venture? Any downsides for the Russians or Cyprus?


    1. Hey jawbone

      re: natural gas-what about russian investment?

      I am not exactly sure on this...the little bit I have read on the russian angle it seems Russia had provided Cyprus with some money on at least one previous occasion
      I saw a figure of more then 2 billion. Wondered if this had to do with natural gas?
      It would seem that 2 billion is gone and possibly more
      that looks to be one downside for the Russians

      for Cyprus? this whole episode appears to be a one giant downside
      Cyprus is being squeezed by the EU and NATO, there will be no upside for the nation to those natural gas resources
      I suspect life is going to get way worse on the island in the sun

    2. Russia had already loaned 2.5 billion to Cyprus that was due to be repaid in 2016. They wanted an extension on that with good terms (low interest) that they got, but also wanted an additional loan of around 8 billion.

      Russia would not grant this loan under the current Cyprus structure where the EU is essentially in charge, as they would essentially be funding the troika's raid on Cyprus with no guarantees that the EU wouldn't simply arbitrarily rewrite the terms later on, especially as they made it clear that the raid had an explicit anti-Russian aim.

      They did float the idea that if Cyprus became part of the Eurasian union money would be available to bail out the complete banking sector as part of the union, similar to what happened in Belarus, but EU focused Cypriot government wasn't interested.

    3. Thnx for the background info, Penny and KenM.

      What a clusterfuck. But it does mean the U and other Western businesses are capable of very long term planning, I think. We get misled a bit here in the US with all the pointed emphasis in the MCM (Maintream Corporate Media) on the next quarter or even next month's outcome.

      But, in the background, they're beavering away to win the Great Game.


  11. Aprhodite has something to say!

    1. leviathan off the coast of Israel?
      not so, this is Palestinian gas and Lebanese gas
      that Israel claims...
      I actually have a number of posts on this topic way back in the blog
      which is why Israel is working so hard to remove the Palestinians from their homeland

      "Cyprus demarcated its maritime border with Egypt in 2003, and with Lebanon in 2007.[9] Cyprus and Israel demarcated their maritime border in 2010.[10] Turkey, which does not recognize the border agreements of Cyprus with its neighbors"

      Israel demarcated their maritime border? Really?
      What does that mean?
      besides the land they stole the maritime border?

  12. What was interesting is that Lebanon, back in August 2010, gave up their rights to that field and the USA approved the deal.

    I smell a skunk.

    1. Really?
      when did that happen?
      last post I have here on that topic had Lebanon challenging Israel on gas field drilling.

      Here is one that dates back to 2010

      "Tensions have been stirred by both sides. Lebanon's Hezbollah-led opposition has accused Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri of failing to protect the country's resource rights, and Israeli Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau told Bloomberg last week that Israel would use force if necessary to defend its right to develop and produce the fields."

      and this

      "From foreign policy article- "I emailed Fareed Mohamedi, an expert on Middle East energy at PFC Energy, who in turn asked colleague Yahya Sadowski about the stakes at play. Sadowski indicated that there is validity to Lebanon's concerns that Tamar straddles the waters of both countries -- "They would all be tapping into the same reservoir,""

      Did Hariri do something underhanded? Not that Hariri being such a slime would come as a surprise. He has been flapping his mouth long and loud about Syria..
      Hariri is so owned.

    2. Greg 2010 looked to be quite a year for double dealing and stealing resources

      I had this post up same time roughly

      the link to the original story is live, which is surprising this long after

      Israel could soon export natural gas

      "Noble Energy chief executive Charles D. Davidson said in Tel Aviv on Tuesday that two undersea gas fields his company is developing off Israel's coast are set to become operational in 2012.

      He says he expects the fields to produce enough gas for Israel's needs, and potentially enough for export. The possibility of exporting fuel would mark a dramatic turnaround for Israel, which is notoriously empty of natural resources.

      Two undersea gas fields? Belonging to a country notoriously empty of natural resources?
      This doesn't make any sense. Unless you realize that the natural gas, is also off the coast of Gaza."

      the image I had is gone, but there is a video that might be of interest?

  13. In August 2010, Lebanon submitted to the United Nations its official view regarding the maritime border, indicating that it considered the Tamar and Leviathan gas fields to be outside Lebanese territory (though it indicated other prospective fields in the region may be within Lebanese territory). The US expressed support for the Lebanon proposal.

    1. Hey Greg

      that lines up quite nicely with the post I put up in 2010 when we have
      Lebanon's Hezbollah-led opposition accusing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri of failing to protect the country's resource rights.....

      hopefully this has changed?
      And likely did with hezbollah coming to power.
      and Israel looking to ruin that nation too

  14. Fugitive Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky was in line for a $300 million cash bonanza shortly before his death, The Sunday Times reported, citing its sources.

    The exiled Russian oligarch, who police say died of hanging in the bathroom of his home in Ascot in southern England last weekend, is widely believed to have taken his own life because of financial problems brought about by his High Court defeat to another Russian tycoon, Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club.

    But leaked emails and police documents indicate that an investment company which controlled three of his offshore trusts, was due to liquidate assets “between October 2012 and March 2013 with the ultimate aim of providing him with a fund in the region of some $300m,” the paper said.

    Berezovsky, an avowed Kremlin foe, had lived in self-imposed exiled Britain since 2000 and was pursued for extradition by authorities in Russia for prosecution over alleged fraud.

    Gosh, who would murder someone over a paltry 300 million?

  15. The Turkish Political Game

    Between Russia and USA

    After USA, Turkey has the second largest army in NATO and is one of the most important strategic partners of USA.

    In the same time, the greater part of Turkey‘s natural gas supply is provided by the Russian company GAZPROM, the

    minor part comes from Iran. So Ankara is on a very peculiar political crossroads, cooperating with countries that

    are at enemy with each other. What is more, the serious political crash of the relationship between Turkey and

    Israel in 2010 shows that both countries insist hard on their strategic policy, no matter whether USA like it or


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    1. Yes, I read your post.

      "What is more, the serious political crash of the relationship between Turkey and
      Israel in 2010 shows that both countries insist hard on their strategic policy, no matter whether USA like it or not."

      And I disagree completely with this part of the posting.
      It cannot be taken at face value that this "serious political crash" could be mended in 20 minutes or so of Obama persuasions.
      If 20 minutes was all it took to mend this serious political crash, then it should be obvious the disagreement between Turkey and Israel was none to serious