Despite its diplomatic freeze out with Israel, Turkey has decided to accept Israel's humanitarian aid in the wake of an earthquake on Sunday that killed over 500 people. Turkish officials were quick to explain that the disaster assistance does not signal a thaw with its former friend, God forbid.
But for those of you underwhelmed by this development, consider what happened after an earthquake killed over 25,000 people in Iran in 2003: The Iranian Interior Ministry announced, in the midst of this crisis, that it would accept aid from every country in the world except for Israel. It's a fair bet that people died in Iran because of this principled stand. (We see from Haiti and elsewhere that the Israelis have built certain capacities in the area of disaster management.) The point is, Turkey isn't Iran, yet. And I'm reasonably sure the Turks will let their people play Israelis in chess or, at the very least, shesh besh.
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