Ahead of NATO summit in Chicago, Turkey looks to thwart Israel’s attendance

April 26, 2012

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Turkey has said it will continue its attempts to block Israel from attending the NATO summit until it apologizes for the murder of nine of its citizens during a 2010 flotilla raid.

The United States wants to see the best possible relationship between Turkey and Israel. But tensions left  after Israel's 2010 raid on a Turkish flotilla are stifling any friendly banter. A series of news reports have said Turkey is attempting to veto any Israeli participation in next month’s NATO summit in Chicago. Worldview talks with Chicago-area businessman and Turkey scholar Mehmet Chelabi aboutTurkey's growing influence in Middle East politics.