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      Peace Through a Turkish Islamic Union?

      A female Turkish advocate for peace explains a unique and controversial idea for peace: Turkey will take charge.
      By INR Staff
      First Publish: 12/31/2012, 11:43 PM

      Ceylan Ozbudak
      Ceylan Ozbudak
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      A female Turkish TV show host joins Arutz Sheva show host Tamar Yonah on her 'News & Views' show, and explains a unique and controversial idea for peace: Turkey will take charge of the region.

      For the full audio interview click here.

      Tamar Yonah Show on Arutz Sheva

      Ceylan Ozbudak works with the controversial Islamic leader Adnan Oktar, also known as Harun Yahya. One of Oktar's announcements has been his desire to build a temple for all religions on Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

      Ozbudak suggested that Turkey can mediate between Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, and other surrounding countries for peace. She added that Turkey could protect the Jewish people's right to live in Israel as well as manage the region. But will this grandiose plan work and does Israel want to give up much of its sovereignty to be protected by the former Ottoman Empire?

      Ozbudak hosts a television show called, 'Building Bridges', with a variety of other young Turkish women. They have stated on the program that in order to ensure peace, "we believe that this can only be done through a Turkish Islamic Union, where all the countries will be independent in their states, but they will be under one roof and Turkey will be the spiritual leader of this Turkish Islamic Union". 

      The show airs on A9TV, which states on its website that it "has been set up to build up love, justice and solidarity among people and our main aim is being pioneer for peace all over the world by using the unifying policy of Turkish Islamic Union. In every show you watch you will feel this policy clearly."

      Ozbudak appears sincere in her good intentions, but are her efforts for peace focused in the right places?  She talked to Arutz Sheva's live streaming English language audiocast about her thoughts on a Palestinian State, the so-called "Two State Solution," Egypt's new president Mohamed Morsi, and Hamas/Fatah unity. Also discussed was the Flotilla in 2010 that attempted to sail from Turkey to Gaza.

      To hear this dynamic dialogue on the News and Views radio show, click here.