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'Al-Sharq Al-Awsat' Editor Criticizes Erdogan For Focusing on Arab-Israeli Conflict Instead of Syrian Situation During Arab League Speech

In a September 14, 2011 article in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, the paper's editor, Tariq Al-Homayed, accused Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyup Erdogan of focusing on the Arab-Israeli conflict instead of the Syrian situation during his speech to the Arab League. Al-Homayed said that Arab leaders often invoke Israel as a way to avoid facing their own problems, and that if the Turkish-Arab alliance is to be substantive, Erdogan should focus less on anti-Israel slogans, and more on the situation in Syria.

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