Why Hamas Feels So at Home in Turkey

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was given a hero’s welcome by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu last month.

In the heat of August 1980, Necmettin Erbakan, leader of the now-defunct National Salvation Party and founding father of political Islam in Turkey, published two articles, “Jerusalem and Zionism,” and “Anarchy and Zionism.” In the latter, he likened Zionism to an “octopus with numberless arms.” Some of those arms were “communism, capitalism, freemasonry and racism.”

Before that, in much of the 1970s, Turkey had been captured by political violence. It had killed on average a dozen people each day in clashes mainly between ultra left- and ultra right-wing militants.

The sole source of anarchy and chaos in Turkey, Erbakan then wrote, was Zionism…