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GEOG-102 STATE PEEPS #3: Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa I. Turkish Titan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister, now President of Turkey a. Ethnically Turkish and Sunni Islamic b. Bridge between the 2 regions, plays a role in both and in immigration into Europe and Middle Eastern affairs c. Quite popular d. Warming ties with Russia, seem to pivot towards the East a bit more than they have in the past. e. Warming ties with Israel in the last few months. Big defenders of the rights of Israelians, f. Standing up to President or Syria Bashar al-Assad g. Active weapons to oust ISIS and the leadership of Syria h. Turkey playing a big role in all directions around it II. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “bebee” a. Outlier b. Jewish c. Little further right than center-right “Hawkish” leader doesn’t mind confrontation, doesn’t mind being involved in military, prone to using force to solving situations. Huge U.S. supporters i. Special relationship with U.S. U.S. and UK one of Israel’s biggest supporters ii. Israel, not very popular, still fighting wars with most of it’s neighbors iii. Countries are historic allies. iv. Doesn’t like President Obama v. Iran, currently an enemy of Israel. Thinks they’re the #1 threat to Israel.
d. Despite it all, U.S. pledged #38 billion to Israel , making it the largest foreign aid package in the history of the United States, regardless of the personal differences.

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