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Erdogan’s Israel-Bashing Imperils Turkey’s Energy Hub Dreams

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Israel rhetoric is jeopardizing his ambition to make Turkey a regional energy hub.

Erdogan linked Israel on Aug. 20 to the Egyptian army’s overthrow of Islamist former President Mohamed Mursi, prompting rare condemnation from the U.S. of its only Muslim-majority ally in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Turkey cut diplomatic ties with Israel in 2010 after Israeli soldiers raided an aid ship seeking to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2010, killing nine Turks on board.