The recent actions by Turkey, who is now threatening to send warships into the region - represent a significant escalation of tension and rhetoric, and may even be seen as an act of war:
Turkey: Warships to Escort Gaza-Bound Vessels
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened Thursday to dispatch Turkish warships to escort aid ships from his country to Hamas-ruled Gaza.
Erdogan also said that Turkey had taken steps to stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting natural resources from the eastern Mediterranean, according to Al Jazeera's Arabic translation of excerpts of the interview, which was conducted in Turkish.
Erdogan's comments came as Turkey downgraded diplomatic ties with Israel and heated up rhetoric against the Jewish State in the aftermath of the publication of the UN Palmer Commission report on the Mavi Maramara raid and Israel's refusal to answer Turkish demands to apologize for the incident.
The following quotes reveal just how close war is approaching:
Dispatching warships to violate Israel's blockade would almost certainly be regarded as an Act of War in Jerusalem and could lead to a naval showdown akin to the US-Russian confrontation during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.
Turkey and Egypt will hold a joint naval exercise at the end of the year, according to an unconfirmed report in Egyptian news Web site 'Masrawy' Thursday.
Erdogan will make an official visit to Cairo next week and meet with high-ranking Egyptian officials in a bid to strengthen strategic and business relations between the two countries
What is Turkey doing? Their provocation of Israel has been steadily increasing over the last several weeks and now they are threatening to send in warships?
Act of War?
The situation between Israel and Turkey is deteriorating rapidly and is most definitely worth watching closely in the coming weeks - just like so many of the other signs that we are following now.