ISRAEL TO ITS CITIZENS: GET OUT OF TURKEY NOW

ISRAEL TO ITS CITIZENS: GET OUT OF TURKEY NOW

This one was shared by Ms. K.F., and it follows on a story we blogged about recently, namely that the US Department of Defense has ordered the families of American service personnel out of Turkey. Now, Israel is warning its citizens to get of of Turkey and to stay away:

Israel tells its nationals in Turkey: Get out now

“Following a situational assessment, we are reiterating and sharpening the high level of threat in Turkey,” Friday’s statement from the bureau said.

“Real and immediate terror threats remain throughout the country,” the statement continued, urging Israelis in Turkey to “avoid crowded tourist areas, follow instructions of local authorities and get out as soon as possible.”

The warning, which raised the terror risk in Turkey from level 2 (high concrete threat) to level 1 (highest concrete threat level), came following a terror attack in central Istanbul last month, in which three Israelis were killed and several others wounded. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Prime Minister’s Office, which oversees the Counter-Terrorism Bureau, issued an initial travel warning in the wake of the attack, saying Islamic State terrorists in Turkey had “high capabilities” of carrying out further attacks against tourist targets.

The fresh alert stressed that the threat of jihadist attack was valid for the entire country, not just Istanbul or other major tourist attractions.
(Emphasis added)

What's going on? As usual, permit me to indulge in some high octane speculation. As the Times of Israel article notes, the attacks in Istanbul were carried out by ISIS. Accepting that as a given, this raises some very murky questions, for ISIS, as many have pointed out, has ties to Sultan Erdogan's "neo-Ottoman" government, and, more importantly, it is now fairly conceded that it has ultimately ties to the Saudis and to the American intelligence community. This raises two basic possibilities (among many "nuanced others"). The first of these is that ISIS has now grown, like the Nazis, beyond the ability of its creators to maintain control over. The second is that it is still under the control of its intell-community creators, and has now been given new marching orders: take out Erdogan. A variant of this would be simply "crack up Turkey". The latter would certainly fill the bill, as would collapsing Mr. Erdogan's Sublime Porte, version 2.0. With the refugee crisis reaching epic proportions in Europe - thanks in part to Mr. Erdogan - and the growing backlash against it, with the Turkish provocation of Russia shooting down Russian aircraft, it stands to reason there's been a quiet sea-change in the corridors of geopolitics: Turkey is on the menu.

You'll have noticed something else in recent weeks(and months) as well: the Israeli government has been unusually quiet, considering that just a few months ago we were watching speeches to the UN about the dangers of the Iranian bomb program, and treated to Mr. Netanyahu's address to Congress. Then came the Iran deal, and more recently, Mr. Obama's stunning interview with The Atlantic Monthly magazine, in which he raised the question of America's "special relationship" with the (out)house of Saud.  Add to this the fact that the Saudi regime itself has had to issue sovereign bonds, and is now talking quite openly about transitioning its economy from oil to solar pwer in an effort to become a global provider of solar-based electrical power, and you get the idea: something is up, and something has the Saudis "spooked".

In short, all the signals are there: a massive realignment of the Middle East appears to be taking place, as the West seems to be reassessing its whole Middle East policy going back to Franklin Roosevelt. And that seems to indicate(for the moment at least) that the whole Suni sponsorship of radical Islamic groups is no longer going to be tolerated to the same degree it once was. And Mr. Erdogan's Turkey may be the first entre, for Israel does not issue such warnings lightly.

See you on the flip side...

15 thoughts on “ISRAEL TO ITS CITIZENS: GET OUT OF TURKEY NOW”

    1. “Washington (CNN) March 29, 2016. The U.S. military has ordered military family members to evacuate southern Turkey, primarily from Incirlik Air Base, due to security concerns, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Family members will also be evacuated from facilities in Izmir and Mugla, according to a Pentagon statement.”

      The ‘orders’ appear not to be from the State Dept, but from the Pentagon. No statement about tourists (which would probably be an advisory from the State Dept.), but I imagine they can read about the military families’ removal and ‘read between the lines’…

  1. I do wonder what is ‘under’ the US’ & Israel’s moving their people out of Turkey. Consider that this ‘warning’ did not occur when ISIS/ISIL (hah) was running “out of control” (hah) and sweeping toward the Turkish border. What has changed at deep levels to require this?

    In a way, I wonder if this ties to Obama’s last months in office. He may be trying to accomplish something beyond ObamaCare. Opinion polls and ‘stiff upper lip’ no longer matter during this time. If so, it could be interesting…

  2. I have a feeling Turkey and Saudi Arabia may be about to invade Syria and secret missles none of the countries are suppose to possess may start flying when and if they do. Israel and the US may be pretending their warning is about ISIS fears but there is a slight chance WWIII is about to be kicked off.

    1. Just like the solution to all the problems facing the elites a 100 years ago; including those pesky wobblies[international labor]. Now the: coming joblessness due to high tech; migrations of unwanted immigrants; capitalism’s perceived demise; and more…
      Solutions the same as 100 yrs ago: WW1
      becomes WW111 !

      1. Its the 1918 solution to over population of Europe’s peasants I’m most concerned about. Number one concern for the elites at the time was peasant revolts. WWI and the Spanish named but American made flu epidemic that wiped out 25% of the world’s population relieved that stress for them. Seems the Zika virus is suddenly gaining more and more sinister attributes every month.

        1. Exacellent point Roger!
          There is evidence that the smallpox became worse each year that the vaccine was used. England finally banned the vaccine in 1948, despite the fact that it was one of the most widely heralded contributions which that country made to the modern world medicine.

          1. Medical historians have finally come to the conclusion that the great flu epidemic of 1918 was solely attributable to the widespread use of vaccines. It was the first war in which vaccination was compulsory for all servicemen.

  3. Are these the first Israelis to be killed by ISIS? Did the Mossad set this up as a FF so that Israel could recall its Nationals?

    I have never seen a MSM or Alt media article reporting on ISIS killing Israelis. But I have seen reports of Israeli hospitals treating ISIS soldiers and reports of ISIS using Israeli weapons and having Israeli intelligence.

    1. I just now was able to read the article well as the saying goes “You Reap What You Sow”. They along with the West sowed discord in the region now they’re reaping it’s whirlwind good Israel you will needed it.

  4. Just as Iraq’s Hussain head was set-up by Ambassador April Glaspie’s green light to head into Kuwait.
    it look like another green lighted Turkey head is being served up.

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