The results of a controversial opinion poll in Turkey showed that Israel ranked first as an “enemy” of the Turks, while Qatar ranked first as an ally of their country, and that partnership with it is necessary.
This survey was conducted byMetropolLast June, but published its results on its official account on Twitter, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
The poll asked the participants a question: “What do you think of the relations of the following countries with Turkey?” The results showed that 56.1% of the respondents said that Israel is an “enemy”, while 5.3% considered it an ally.
America ranked second after Israel, and 41.1% of respondents said the United States is an “enemy”, while 17.9% considered it a “necessary partner”, and 8.3% considered it an “ally”.
The third and fourth places for countries considered by the participants as “enemy” were Britain and Iran, with 33.1% and 27.4%, respectively, followed by Russia 24.5%, China 22.7%, and Germany 19.5%.
These results of the list of Turkey’s “enemies” come at a time when political relations between Turkey and Israel are witnessing differences on many issues, as Turkey shows its rejection of Israeli policies in the occupied territories, as well as Ankara and Tel Aviv’s conflict over gas in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey and America’s relations are also experiencing tension, one of the main reasons for which is the dispute between Washington and Ankara over the latter’s purchase of the Russian defense missile system, which America rejects, in addition to Turkey’s grievances against Washington because of its support for Kurdish groups that Ankara considers “terrorist organizations.”
On the other hand, the opinion poll showed that Turks see Qatar as their country’s most ally, with 20.9% of respondents saying it is an “ally”, and 24% describing it as Turkey’s “necessary partner”, while 8.6% considered it a competitor.
These results come as Turkey and Qatar expand cooperation between them in several areas, and the two countries share work in several files, including Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the United States, in addition to deepening economic relations between the two countries.
Qatar and Turkey’s relations had grown stronger and witnessed a remarkable development in the wake of the blockade imposed on Doha in 2017, by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, before reconciliation took place at the Al-Ula summit held in early 2021.
The results of the poll also showed that the second country after Qatar in the list of Turkey’s allies is Germany, which got this designation by 17%, while 27.5% said that it is a necessary partner for Turkey.
Russia ranked third in the list of allies with 16.4%, then Iran 13.3%, while only 8.3% of respondents said they consider America an “ally” to Turkey, and only 5.3% saw Israel as an “ally”.