As soon as the Turks and the Israelis started talking about a possible détente, in order for the Turks to buy the Israeli natural gas, since the Israelis need someone to buy their natural gas long term after the Zohr field was discovered in Egypt, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia said that ISIS is part of Israel’s army. The Grand Mufti also asked all Muslims to united against ISIS, because according to him ISIS is a part of the Israeli army.
That means that if the Turks and the Israelis reach a detente, the Saudis will start saying that the Jews are behind ISIS. Now that Israel is working with the Saudis against the Turks and the Iranians, the Turks and the Iranians are saying that the Saudi King is a Jewish puppet. That’s important in order to realize how important the war against Israel is for the Islamist propaganda. It is very important for the Turkish Islamsits too, because it is a great help in their effort to become the leaders of the Sunni world.
I must say once more that the Turkish Islamists do not imagine a Caliphate under total Turkish control. They imagine it in the form of NATO i.e. the Sunni Islamists of Egypt will run Egypt, the Sunni Islamists of Syria will run Syria and so one, but all of them will accept Turkey, which is the greatest military power of the Muslim world, as their leader.
That’s what we mean when we say that Erdogan wants to become the Sultan or the Caliph of the Caliphate. Apparetnly the Saudis do not accept the Turks as the leader of the Sunni Islamist world because they believe they are the leaders. And Saudi Arabia might not be the strongest Muslim country since the Americans were not selling the Saudis the kind of weapons they were selling to the Turks, because they could use them against Israel, but Saudi Arabia is the richest Sunni country.
The Islamic Caliphate, as envisaged by ISIS and the Islamists of Turkey, will be an oil and natural gas cartel, which will negotiate better prices with the Americans, the Europeans, and the Chinese, and will fight the Russians and the Iranians if it has to. That’s more or less the dream of ISIS, i.e. an oil and natural gas cartel with a very strong army. The good news is that this is something very difficult to accomplish. Gamal Nasser tried to achieve the socialist version of this dream, in the 60s, and he failed. And he only tried it for the Arab countries.
On the other hand, if a Caliphate is created with Turkey on one hand, and the Sunni parts of Syria and Iraq on the other, it wouldn’t be too bad for Turkey. Turkey would be the leader, she would gain access to the Persian Gulf, 100 years after her defeat during World War 1, and she would block Iran’s exit to the Mediterranean Sea. Maybe that’s the second best for the Turkish Islamists. That’s even better given that Qatar accepts Erdogan as the Sultan of the Caliphate.
The following map shows with green what was left of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) before it was chopped by the British and the Arabs during World War 1.
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“Saudi Grand Mufti calls ISIS “part of the Israeli army”, December 2015