Palestinians Doubt Erdogan Will Visit Gaza

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Hamas’ Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh pose before a meeting in Istanbul, Jan. 1, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/Kayhan Ozer/Prime Minister’s Press Office)

Although Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the Palestinian issue his vehicle to move Turkey closer to its Muslim neighborhood, and earned an unprecedented popularity on the Arab street like no other Turkish leader, he may be risking for the first time losing the support of at least a part of the Palestinian population if he chooses to travel to Gaza toward the end of May, before the Palestinian rift between Fatah and Hamas can be reconciled. And it seems the chances of overcoming this separation by then are dim.

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