According to Ms. Baran, a primary foreign policy focus of Erdogan's government has been Israel. The AKP is aiming to remove Netanyahu's government as Erdogan has made ending the blockade and legitimizing Hamas personal issues. Such objectives derive from Turkey's new sense of self-confidence on the international stage — through its standing in the UN Security Council, European bureaucratic wishes to avoid what they see as a potential "clash of civilizations," and President Obama's stress on improving ties with Turkey — such that the AKP believes that the West is too weak to confront it. Thus, Turkey has increasingly allied with countries such as Brazil and Iran in an attempt to create a new non-aligned movement while enjoying the benefits of being seen as part of the West.
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P.S.; run the audio; it is remarkable