There are some substantial misunderstandings on the nature of the Gilad Shalit exchange deal. I should stress that the list of those Palestinian prisoners being given in exchange for him has not yet been released.
In the fall of 2004 I went twice to the Supreme Council for National Security in Tehran for long interviews with Hossein Mousavian, a senior negotiator in talks with Britain, France and Germany over Iran’s nuclear program.
DAVID B. RIVKIN JR.
Later this week Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to seek recognition of a Palestinian state from the United Nations. The move is opposed by the Obama administration, which has rightly called it a “distraction.” Nevertheless, the PA’s effort has wide support among the U.N. membership, including Security Council members Russia, China and Britain, as well as other important regional states such as Turkey.
WLADIMIR van WILGENBURG
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently signaled in a statement that Turkey is willing to launch joint operations with Iran against Kurdish rebels, the Associated Press reported, but many analysts claim, and Wikileaks cables indicate, that Turkish-Iranian cooperation existed prior to 2011.
The Turkish-Armenian dispute holds a great deal of importance for both countries. The Armenian side accuses Turkey (successor of the Ottoman Empire) of committing genocide in 1915, while the Turks answer these claims by stating that the relocation of the Armenians was a necessity in a time of war.