The name Avigdor Lieberman has a meaning in Turkey. Yet expressing these feelings overtly might be inconvenient in days when we need to hold our tongues.
Everyone will recall that Lieberman, Israel's Kishinev (SSCB)-born foreign minister between April 2009 and May 2015, has not done a single act of kindness on behalf of Israel for Turkey.
After the 2015 general elections, he announced that he would not take place in cabinet or the coalition. This little break was finalized when he became defense minister in the coalition in May.
Thus a new game started.
THE SECOND MAN AFTER THE PRIME MINISTER
We can at least console ourselves with Lieberman not becoming foreign minister once again. But this would not be very realistic. The situation is more serious.
Considering Tel Aviv's “interest” in every war in the region that feeds on Israel's position, even if not physically, the situation in Iraq and Syria in particular, the Iraq's presence in these areas - including the US - is a matter of national security for Tel Aviv.
Meaning, the essence of Liberman's minister of defense position; a) Middle East policies, b) the situation brings new uncertainties to Israel's internal politics.
The war instigator and extremely nationalist Liberman becoming defense minister is an ominous development for Palestine, no matter what he would have promised Netanyahu. Especially considering his uncontrollable “ambition.”
This is the first problem, because the defense minister comes after the prime minister in the Israeli government system. Have I made myself clear?
A quotation from a statement he made when he came to office, “We as Israel, do not have the luxury of choosing a war. We as Israelis are obliged to enter mandatory wars and win these wars.” (“Liberman: Israel doesn't have luxury of wars of choice,” 01/06, The Jerusalem Post.)
This is the dangerous option, Israel won't start a war but.. it will 'step into' wars that affect it. Definition: God knows how much geography is included.
INSTEAD OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF
As important as which post Lieberman is assigned is whose position he took. Because in capitals like Tel Aviv, where every issue is handled like a matter of “life and death,” “the one who leaves also describes the one who comes.”
The former minister was Moshee Yalon, who served as Chief of Staff between 2002 and 2005.
“The Israeli Chief of Staff, Yalon, announced that he had resigned from his ministry and representative roles and said that Netanyahu had let him down. Yalon's resignation came after the news that Netanyahu was planning to give Lieberman (known for his proposals on military solutions for the Palestine issue) a position in the cabinet. (“Yalon resigns saying 'The Prime Minister let me down,' ” 20/05, BBC.)
And now, Yalon is trying to create new formations for Israel. This explains him resigning for his position as parliamentarian, not trusting the prime minister anymore.
THE EASTERN JOKE: PUTIN-LIBERMAN-NETENYAHU
This detour takes us toward Russia. Lieberman is on really good terms with Putin.
And now to move onto the US. While Russia's presence in the Mediterranean discomforts the US, it still maintains its cooperation with Russia in Syria.
Iran and Hezbollah's presence in Syria seems to be “everyone's” problem at the moment. This includes Moscow.
In essence the issue is that Russia and Israel do not want to see Islam and its representations in the “New Middle East.”
Russia and Putin stand close to Israel. On the other hand, Russia wants to develop its trade relations with Iran. Economy and energy are strong reasons but Tehran stands in front of the Kremlin's Middle East, Central Asia, Caspian, Caucasus and Indian Ocean interests.
But Russia has to first spruce up its image in the Arab/Muslim geography. “Israel's friends” are not always welcomed in this region.
TURKEY: WHERE THE CIRCLE IS COMPLETED
Is it possible for everyone to win in such a chaotic atmosphere?
No. But it does not seem possible that those who seem to win will do so without giving something in return on the negotiation table.
Which means, Israel will have to do “something” about US and Russia's presence in the Mediterranean. Moreover, Israel will have to do “something” for Russia and the Gulf countries. All together they will do something in Syria and Iraq.
Will Ankara just watch?
Why do you think they are distracting Turkey with terrorism and the EU to this extent?
But aren't our relations with Israel getting better?
We can find the answer in an important Russian news source. According to this source, Russia is not happy with Prime Minister Netanyahu's politics and if things continue as is, Moscow will have to distance itself from Israel. This study is supported with a statement from Mossad's former chief. (“Former Mossad chief: End is near for 'fearmonger' Netanyahu's govt,” 01/06, RT.)
What is Netanyahu doing in this case?
“Israeli Prime Minister landed in Moscow to meet Russian President Putin. The two leaders are meeting for the fourth time within less than a year.” (“Netanyahu is in Russia to meet Putin” 07/01, Vatan.)
May God restore his mercy and grace on those who have been martyred in these blessed days.