Why does Erdogan support HAMAS?

Turkish President Mr Erdogan is creating trouble by loudly supporting HAMAS in its conflict with Israel.  Contrary to what you might think, Gulf nations (ex-Qatar), Egypt and Jordan are not friendly with HAMAS. Thus, the question of WHY.

One may think it is only natural for Erdogan to run to the defense of HAMAS, because he is Islamist and hates the Judeo-Christian civilization.  It may not be that simple.  Hint: Turkey has municipal elections in March 2024, where HAMAS advocacy might be one of the campaign themes  for Erdogan.

Of course, such support is not without consequences.  Swedish accession to NATO might be delayed once again, while poor diplomatic relations with US and EU could derail Mehmet Simsek’s austerity program. HOW?

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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and www.paraanaliz.com and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.