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You have some interesting thoughts on the on this sort of standoff -- getting between Turkey and Israel right now and -- -- the Turks have been pushing the envelope a little bit.
In terms of getting aid into Gaza -- and how should the US play that because that's.
A potentially volatile situation.
Right throughout the -- the church are doing some good things and bad things the bad things is is the brinkmanship with Israel.
And you had -- -- -- in the State Department secretary.
Press Secretary come out and say well both sides need to cool it sort of an unfortunate statement because it implies moral equivalents.
Between Turkey which is doing things like -- the flotilla people who are trying to challenge what is broadly regarded as an appropriate and lawful blockade.
And Israel who is the defender in this case an incentive in effect that's rewarding Turkey by letting them off the hook for being the culprit here.
So the administration not really playing it right.
But more broadly Turkey is playing positive role especially in regard to Syria they've been on both sides of the issues they've been a little slow in coming to -- spring when they realize the populist appeal.
To being on the right side of Arab freedom.
They've been better and now are hosting the dissidents from this area.
I guess that's one of the difficult things -- from the administration's point of view Turkey is clearly a play into all of these situations.
And their full criticizing them overtly over the Gaza situation.
Is difficult when you won't -- helping so many other situations have you -- that as a diplomat.
Can ride them the better thing to -- I think would be to really lean on them in private to dial back on the anti Israel activities there they are doing and also to lean on them and support them in the good tendencies they have such as those in regard to Syrian -- -- they're hosting Syrians this week.
Who are putting together what was starting to look like a government the next -- pretty big deal they've allowed Syrian refugees into their country's self.
If President Obama Secretary Clinton the Democrats have talked a lot about their -- diplomacy they should actually practice the president should reach out to prime minister.
-- -- -- and and engage in more thorough behind the scenes diplomacy rather than sort of school -- statements coming from the State Department podium which probably will just irritate everyone.
Not -- of is rails difficulties -- Turkey and in the region in general.
Disturbing events in Egypt last week -- storming of the Israeli embassy that.
What does that say anything to us about the broader picture we're looking at pictures of the storming of of that embassy right now does that say anything about the broader picture in Egypt was that an isolated incident.
It -- unfortunate I think it does say a bit about the broader element there and it it goes in parallel to what Turkey is doing Turkey downgraded its diplomatic relations with Israel I think some people in the street in Cairo.
-- not just some isolated individuals felt that they should have their own downgrading and if it wasn't going to come from the military council running Egypt and it would come from the people themselves.
Then there's this threat that islamists will get the upper hand politically need to even though they don't command majority support in Muslim Brotherhood certainly does not command majority support but they're much better organized.
For lack of better term the classical liberals the people who want accountable government.
And it's it's a reminder I guess to that is we cheer wrong no -- have cheered on.
Democracy movements all we hope for democracy movements we don't know yet how this whole Arab spring is gonna play out in the long run in terms of.
Who runs these countries.
That's right we have very limited tools unfortunately to influence political outcomes.
You know the official US government agencies have have been out of that business -- -- -- -- you have instruments like the national endowment for democracy and its subsidiaries that are supposed to be.
In this specific space but they're really -- -- very slow to act.
They've pulled back from supporting Frontline dissidents and and the people who really want to make a difference they've shied away from controversy and have not played a significant role.
In Egypt or Libya or Tunisia -- they tend to player rolled down down they.
You know subsequently but when they're needed most they're not there is there Ed.
And what would be this significance is what it just to pull this back -- full circle the significance of them of managing to get a deal on the Middle East peace on peace between Palestinians and Israelis seems such a long way away but if by some miracle.
It was able to be pulled off.
How would that affect the broader region as a whole -- we often hear that that is the main reason for terrorism that is the main reason for so much unrest in the Middle East is it really that simple.
It's not and that is the key assumption that the Washington foreign policy establishment and then its its cousins around the world holds that if you -- Israel Palestine -- -- all of this.
Think the real culprit right now throughout the Middle East the state culprit is Iran it's the one -- a lot of the flames.
Around the region and beyond in the islamists than they're sort of one in the same with the Iran -- regime.
So I don't think solving Israel Palestine will we'll do that -- a lot of Arab governments have said you have to have -- that -- an excuse to put off their -- reform solve that first and then the other reform will come but I don't think it's as simple -- that all right Christian might -- the city's unofficial senior -- -- -- DC and -- -- great to have you -- is always -- thanks John thanks to --
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