The Threat of Sanctions Have the Power to Free Turkey’s Median Jewry

The story of the ten Israelite tribes as deported by the ancient Assyrians is the greatest story of human history and the most remarkable thing about it is that their descendants are still with us today 27 centuries later. In fact, the rediscovery of core Median Jewry as Jews (i.e. Alawites, Alevis, Alians, Bektashis, Druze, Yarsanis and Yezidis) is one of the greatest events in Jewish history ever.

Yet the problem is that the AKP regime will no doubt close Turkey’s borders to emigration to Israel if the Israeli government officially recognizes core Median Jewry as Jewish and as eligible for immigration to Israel. 

The solution is quiet Western diplomacy. Turkey’s trade with the EU and the US accounts for over half of Turkey’s imports and exports. This author certainly does not argue for trade sanctions against Turkey but rather for the credible threat of trade sanctions as a preemptive diplomatic measure against Turkey closing its borders to Median Jewish emigration to Israel. Turkey should be warned in the sternest language possible that should Turkey attempt to prevent Median Jewish emigration to Israel will Western powers impose comprehensive trade sanctions against Turkey and thus effectively shut down its economy. Again, no one wants trade sanctions against Turkey, yet no one should want restrictions against Median Jewish emigration to Israel either. If this discreet threat is credible and needless to say it should not be stated publicly will it enable the exodus of Turkey’s Median Jewry to Israel. 

It is essential that the EU and the US unite to make sure that Mr. Erdogan is not allowed to sabotage core Median Jewry’s historical return to Israel.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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