Text of report in English by Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman website on 15 September
[Column by Kerim Balci: "The New Middle East: Turkey Replaces Israel"]
Many Westerners have been questioning Turkey's intentions in its recent activism in the Middle East. Is Turkey trying to use the winds of the Arab Spring to fill its sails? Has the era of Turkey started - or say, restarted? Should we expect the Turkish tires - it was horseshoes in the past - to roll down the roads of the Arab Middle East? And what about the Balkans, the Turks' traditional zone of influence?
These questions are self-fulfilling prophecies. You cannot simply say "no" to them, given that …