Poll: US, Israel Turkey's main enemies


Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Ankara, March 09: The people of Turkey regard the United States and Israel as their main enemies, the results of an opinion poll suggest.
A total of 2,000 Turkish people took part in the opinion poll conducted by Ankara-based MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center.
The results were published on February 28, 2011, the IRIB's Research Center reported.
Forty-two percent of the respondents saw the United States as Turkey's number one enemy, and 23 percent of them singled out Israel as the main enemy of the Eurasian nation.
Six percent of those polled said Greece was their country's main enemy. Four percent singled out Iraq's Kurdistan, and a tiny three percent picked Armenia.
Eight percent of the respondents chose other countries as Turkey's number one enemy, while 14 percent had no opinion about their country's worst enemy.
Turkey's differences with Greece are mainly over the ownership of a few islands in the Mediterranean Sea as well as the issue of Cyprus. Both countries are members of NATO alliance.
The Turkish people also regard Iraq's Kurdistan as a threat because it can set a precedent for Turkish Kurds, the research center said.
Armenia also has age-old difference with Turkey because of the alleged "Armenian Genocide" during World War I

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