Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Turkey’s Position in Arab World

What is called as Arab spring has brought about certain other outcomes. Some Arab nations have suffered from tyrant ruling over the past decades and thus feel happy about recent democratic changes. However, the wind of change in Arab world has proved blowing in interest of some other nations too. Turkey is well positioned to back public demands, search for peaceful solutions and win Arabs hearts and minds.

At the midst of Palestinians struggle for taking at hand their destiny and the global campaign for that, Turkey has appeared very strong for the Arab nations.

Turkey has been acknowledged as an appropriate solution builder for the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict and the regional disputes. In her 6-decades history, Israel has always been in conflict with its Arab neighbouring countries and the Muslim world.

International attempts have been made to ease tensions and help the peace negotiations prove productive but not much has been achieved so far.

For years, Turkey has functioned significantly in the Middle Eastern issues and is increasingly partaking to bring about a diplomatic solution for conflicts going on in M.E. Seeking an answer for the critical circumstances in the region, European countries have frequently asked Turkey to make a move on.

Considering its productive stance and its capacity to improve interstate relations, Turkey has been making all-out efforts to bring about stability in the region and hinder further decline of relations among regional countries.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a rock star welcome in Cairo where activists, women and the media gushed over the region's new "hero" over his pro-Palestinian stand and his virulent criticism of Israel.

Erdogan, who on Tuesday kicked off a three-nation Arab Spring tour in Egypt, threw his weight behind Palestinian statehood during a keynote speech at the Arab League, bolstering his image as a regional leader.

Addressing Arab foreign ministers, Erdogan said the recognition of a Palestinian state is an "obligation" and reiterated that strained ties with Israel will not improve unless the Jewish state apologises over the death of nine Turks killed in a raid on an aid flotilla last year.

Erdogan's popularity in the Arab world has stemmed mainly from his strong confrontations with Israel, at a time when regional leaders were seen by their people as impotent vis a vis the Jewish state and the West.

His hero status was further cemented when he stormed out of a debate on Gaza after a heated debate with Israeli president Shimon Peres at the Davos economic forum in 2009.

On the other hand, many moderate Islamist groups have acknowledged Turkish reconciliatory approach to democracy.

Bulk of the protestors in the Arab world has envisioned a Turkish modal process for the developmental and political changes in their homelands.

An opinion poll by a leading Turkish think-tank had said few months ago that majority of people in key Middle East nations see Turkey as a model and a proof that Islam and democracy can co-exist peacefully.

Turkey's high-profile diplomacy, its successful economy and its drive for new markets have made it an increasingly significant actor in the regional and global politics and economy. It is little wonder that so many pundits have taken to talking up a "Turkish model" as a way forward for many countries in the Muslim World.