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As I was walking in Tel-Aviv with my family a couple weeks ago, this building, housing the Turkish Tourist Office, caught my eye. As we were in a bit of a hurry, I didn’t have time to cross the street and press my face against the window, but it sure doesn’t look like people are banging down the doors to get in and plan their next vacation extravaganza to Turkey.

Turkish Tourist Office in Tel-Aviv

Years ago, when I finished my army service, a fellow Lone Soldier and I talked about where we might go on our post-Zahal wanderings. At the top of our list was Turkey. We had gone so far as to rough out a basic itinerary, including Istanbul (natch), Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, and more.

In the end, all our planning was for naught, since we realized that we had nowhere near enough Shekels to pull it off, and we spent a week in the closer, cheaper Dahab, Sinai instead. Ooh, I should see how busy the Egyptian Tourism Office in Israel is these days. I’m guessing it’s doing better than the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. Spring!

But I digress. One place we didn’t plan to go on our hypothetical vacation was the Turkish capital, Ankara. In retrospect, that might have been the best place to visit, as it houses the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the reformer who tried to build a more modern, westernized Turkey from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire in the early 1920s. And given that current Islamist Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an seems hellbent on dragging Turkey back into the era of Ottoman ‘grandeur’, Atatürk’s tomb seems a fitting metaphor for the times, because Erdo?an is presiding over the gradual death of Atatürk’s dreams.

At this point, given the naked hostility for Israel repeatedly exhibited by Erdo?an (the most notorious example being the 2010, political, non-humanitarian, expired medicine and IHH terrorist-carrying, non-apology-meriting Flotilla), you have to wonder if they even make enough Turkish Lira to break even after paying the rent on this place.

8 thoughts on “Hello…Is There Anybody IN There…”

  1. How is it that you, a sea-faring creature, are able to move freely upon the land? I’ve heard of the “land shark” of “Saturday Night Live,” but I was under the impression that this was merely a comedic device. What gives?

    1. Let’s nip this in the bud. I am told the area is plastered with posters attacking the practice. The rabbis are speaking out; you just aren’t where they speak (neither am I).

      I was pretty shocked that this happened again. The last time was in RBS, where the rabbis also spoke out against it, and it in fact turned out that there was child abuse involved. This did not surprise my (Chareidi, more or less) sister; it occured to her right away that a Jewish woman (as opposed to Muslim) does not dress this way because she is modest, but because she is afraid of men. And in that case she liely suffered abuse, and of course the abused often abuse. So she was not surprised.

      Some people never learn. But it’s a free country, even in Meah Shearim.

      1. “http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=109083”

        Shas MK suggests a law to ban Burkas, but from Jews only. Says schools will permenently reject any girl who dresses that way.

        This plays right into the Hilary Clinton narrative, but in any case ought to be stopped if at all possible. But if you can’t stop someone from walking around practically naked, how can you stop someone from dressing in a sheet?

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