Turks Think Israel Is Their Biggest Threat, Poll Finds


israeli flag turkeyA survey conducted recently in Turkey found that nearly half that country’s citizens see Israel as the biggest security threat, followed by the United States, and only then Syria.

Asked which country they think poses the biggest threat to Turkey, 42.6 percent of participants chose Israel, while 35.5% said the US. Just 22.1% named Syria, which shares a border with Turkey and has been ravaged by four-year civil war, as the biggest threat to their country. Turkey has in the past fired at Syrian positions across the border after wayward shells from the civil war landed in its territory.

A similar poll in 2013 found 41% saw the United States as Turkey’s biggest threat, while 37.1% named Israel.

Asked about the Islamic State group, which has carved out large swaths of Iraq and Syria for its self-declared caliphate, 85% said they considered the jihadist organization as a terrorist group and 65.4% saw it as a threat to Turkey. Twenty-four point one percent said IS was not a threat to Turkey and 10.1% were undecided.

Read more at Times of Israel.