Turkey's Moves, U.S.-Israel Impact

With Israel and Turkey now sharply at odds, a big American observer says embrace Turkey, and one day Iran–and Israel.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, right, meets with Israeli cleric and peace activist Menachem Froman in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, June 3, 2010. (AP)

The world and its balance of power are changing, shifting, maybe faster than Americans realize. 

In the Mideast, says my guest today, longtime bigfoot foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer, it’s time for new core allies for the United States. It’s time to re-center away from Saudi Arabia and Israel and toward Turkey and, of all things, Iran. 

At a time when Turkey is blasting the U.S. and Israel after the flotilla raid, and Iran is in the American bulls-eye for U.N. sanctions, it may sound fanciful. Kinzer says it’s the future to aim for.  

This Hour, On Point: Turkey, Iran, Israel – and turning points in the Middle East.


Stephen Kinzer, former foreign correspondent for the New York Times and author of the new book “Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America’s Future.” His other books include “A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It” and “All the Shah’s Men.” You can listen back to On Point’s segment with Kinzer about Rwanda.

Kenneth Adelman, veteran U.S. diplomat who was deputy U.N. ambassador under President Reagan and Assistant U.S. Defense Secretary under President Ford. He is national editor of Washingtonian magazine.

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