Turkey Gives PPE to Israel, But Why?

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Times of Israel: Turkey is supplying personal protective equipment to Israel, including surgical masks, overalls and sterile gloves to help the country fight the coronavirus outbreak, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

The report quoted an unnamed senior Turkish official as saying that Ankara had approved the sale of medical equipment to Israel for humanitarian reasons and that Jerusalem would reciprocate by allowing similar Turkish aid to the Palestinians.

However, Israeli sources told the Hebrew-language Ynet news site that the report was inaccurate — that the deal was commercial, not humanitarian, in nature and that there was no connection to aid to the Palestinians.

According to Bloomberg, the Turkish official said that three planes from Israel were to have landed Thursday at the Incirlik air base, which is also home to a US Air Force contingent, to pick up the cargo. The official said Turkey would donate medical aid to the Palestinians within the next few days.

Relations between Israel and Turkey soured after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took power in 2003 and hit a nadir in 2010 after the Mavi Marmara incident, in which Israeli commandos boarded a ship trying to break the maritime blockade of Gaza and killed 10 Turks after coming under attack with clubs and iron bars.

Despite the souring of ties, trade — with the exception of military sales — between the two former strategic allies has remained robust. Turkey was Israel’s No.7 export destination in 2019.

Turkey has provided protective equipment to over a dozen nations hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, including to five Balkan countries, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Turkey’s own COVID-19 death toll has continued to rise. The country recorded 96 deaths on April 9, taking the total toll to 908, with the number of confirmed cases increasing by 4,056 to 42,282, according to figures released by the health ministry in Ankara.

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Vaughn Klingenberg has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Marquette University where he taught Logic). He lived in Europe; mostly Poland and England for two years and traveled widely throughout Europe and the Middle East (sojourning for a month in Israel). His areas of interest center on conspiracies; especially Jewish conspiracies. He considers himself a “conspiracy factualist”–not a conspiracy theorist–as well as a Holocaust Truther–not a Holocaust denier. He has self-published two books on Shake-speare under the pseudonym “Odysseus Er”: Hamlet-Christ (a Judeo-Christian interpretation of Hamlet), and Paradigm Shift: Shake-speare (an analysis of Jonson’s Introductory Poem to the 1623 Folio which reveals the 17th Ear of Oxford as the true author of the Shake-speare corpus). He has also written a booklet in his own name on the Holocaust entitled, The Big Lie: The Holocaust (An Introduction to the Greatest Fraud of the 20th Century). All his work and books can be found on his web site at BooksByVk.org
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