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Two days ago, rumors spread like wildfire on the internet that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan died from a sudden heart attack and that his death was being concealed from the public. The report came at a particularly opportune time; Erdogan was on vacation and inaccessible. The incident made people wonder what might happen if Turkey
It should be noted that Erdogan’s vacations have frequently been accompanied by politically turbulent events. In 2017, Erdogan collapsed while on vacation during the Ramadan period. Erdogan claimed that the incident was due to a minor blood pressure issue but rumors abounded, claiming he was battling cancer. Other rumors speculated that he had a brain tumor removed, suffered from epilepsy, or that collapse was due to the wide range of drugs he was taking in order to cope with the pressure of leading the country. During the same vacation, a large and violent attempt to overthrow his government was suppressed. Both the illness and the coup attempt left outsiders with more questions than answers about what was really happening in Turkey.
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Though the Turkish government dismissed the rumors, Erdogan’s sole public appearance in the last ten days was when he surprised reporters by greeting Malaysian Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, after his arrival in Turkey. Though the meeting was not available n video, a photograph showed the two together.
Rabbi Ken Spiro, a historian and Senior Lecturer and Researcher for Aish HaTorah Yeshiva, emphasized that in order to understand possible future scenarios, it is important to understand the past and what type of player Erdogan was.
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“Erdogan is an Islamist and basically undid everything Ataturk accomplished,” Rabbi Spiro told Breaking Israel News.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk served as president of Turkey from 1923-1938.His government carried out a policy of Turkicisation trying to create a homogeneous and unified...
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