Turkey’s rapid drift to the Iranian-Hamas axis has reached new heights, with de facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh naming his grandson “Erdogan,” after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The honor bestowed by Haniyeh came a week after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met in Damascus with Hamas’s top leader, Syrian-based Khaled Mashaal. Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri also took part in the discussions.
Turkey had been considered a close friend of Israel the last two decades until last year’s Operation Cast Lead war, which served as a catalyst for Ankara to reject Israel in favor of the Iranian-Syrian-Hamas axis. Erdogan has called the Iranians "our friends, our brothers."
The new alliance has left Israel with a solid front of enemy states north of the border with Lebanon.
Erdogan recently heaped praise n Hamas, saying it is not a terrorist organization and condemning Israel for the flotilla clash with Turkish terror activists. Turkey has demanded that Israel apologize for the battle and give compensation for the deaths of nine terror-trained Turkish citizens who were among the dozens who attacked Navy commandos trying to divert the flotilla from Gaza.
The honor bestowed on him by Haniyeh is at least the second time a baby in Gaza has been named after Erdogan. Shortly after the flotilla clash, the same name was given to a boy because of the parent’s admiration of Erdogan for recognizing the Hamas de facto government.