US defense minister Robert Gates said that:
“if there is anything to the notion that Turkey is, if you will, moving eastward, it is, in my view, in no small part because it was pushed, and pushed by some in Europe refusing to give Turkey the kind of organic link to the West that Turkey sought”.
I disagree. After all, the European Union is not the only link to the West for Turkey. Why not use NATO to break the Gaza blockade, as proposed by Egemen Bagiş, Turkey’s minister of European affairs and chief EU negotiator?