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A confidence problem exists on the part of the people of the region who desire democratic rule in principle, but remain suspicious of both the fashion with which democratization is presented and the purposes of the democratic world.
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A fitting external security environment could also play an important role in promoting social consensus and institutionalization towards democratization.
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A lasting solution to this problem will have an exceptionally positive influence foremost on the peoples of Palestine and Israel, as well as on the region and the international community.
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According to this view, democracy is a product of western culture, and it cannot be applied to the Middle East which has a different cultural, religious, sociological and historical background.
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As a politician who cherishes religious conviction in his personal sphere, but regards politics as a domain belonging outside religion, I believe that this view is seriously flawed.
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As the Prime Minister of a nation that has lived in friendship with its Jewish citizens for centuries, and continues to maintain close friendship with both Israelis and the Palestinians, I should like to declare this explicitly: Turkey will not accept any notion that denies Israel's right to exist.
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But foremost, I do not subscribe to the view that Islamic culture and democracy cannot be reconciled.
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Even as we ought to accept that each country would progress with a different method and speed toward that goal, the standard for the expected end-state should not be lowered.
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Even in the Western world, one cannot argue that the ideal has been achieved given the existence of issues like the integration, participation and representation of Muslim citizens, and occasional but lingering anti-Semitism.
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Everyone should unconditionally accept that Israel is an indispensable element of the Middle Eastern mosaic.
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However, democracy cannot be defined as the existence of parliaments and elections alone.
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I am aware of the thesis that the United States has long since invested exclusively in stability and this has obviated democratic transformation in the Middle East.
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I regard the endorsement of both the objective and a method - which can differ from one country to another- of democratization by the parties in the region as a basic requisite of democratization in the Middle East.
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I should like to repeat what I stated recently in the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia: It won't be the religion, but rather the world-view of some of its followers that shall be made current.
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I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously.
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I would like to indicate that throughout my political life, I have attributed great importance to the dialectic between means and ends.
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In my view, the real issue in this era is as follows: Democratisation in the Middle East is an outcome that must be attained.
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In other words, the bar should be maintained at the level of a pluralistic and participatory democracy.
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In the Middle East democracy will be built step by step. Sincere, consistent and gradual processes will produce the desired result, and from every step that is successfully taken, the peoples of the Middle East, as well as everyone else including the Americans and Europeans will live to benefit.
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In this context, social consensus, and institutions that embody this consensus, must be made effective in order for democratization not to be abused as a provisional instrument to establish an anti-democratic regime.
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Invariably, also a Palestinian state should live side by side with Israel within recognized and secure borders and the security and prosperity of the Palestinian people must be guaranteed.
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It is essential that policy instruments be developed that would firmly establish democratization on the basis of social consensus and enable transformation on stable grounds.
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It is obvious that putting the Arab-Israeli dispute on a resolution track would be an important element of overcoming the confidence problem in the region.
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My visit to the United States has also given me the opportunity to emphasize the objective of establishing close and intensive links between the Turkish and American peoples, scholars and businessmen.
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One should remember that even Europe did not reach its present status overnight.
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Paramount is the need to secure human rights. The form of rule should be such that the citizen does not have to fear the State, but gives it direction and confidently participates in its administration.
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Several experts on the Middle East concur that the Middle East cannot be democratized.
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Similarly, gender-equality, supremacy of law, political participation, civil society, and transparency are among the indispensable elements that are the imperatives of democratization.
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Similarly, it is argued that the culture of Islam is incompatible with democracy. Basically, this conventional perspective of the Middle East thus contends that democracy in that region is neither possible nor even desirable.
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The advanced levels which the democratic world has attained at the end of lengthy processes may have created the perception in the region that democracy is a distant concept; this perception can be addressed.
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The foundations of democratic transition should be laid in accordance with a sincere and committed strategy that is supported by various policy tools, and implemented wisely.
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The Muslim world and its subset the countries of the Middle East have been left behind in the marathon of political, economic and human development. For that, there is a tendency to blame others as the primary cause.
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The purpose cannot be creating self-styled democracies, but rather encouraging steps that are conducive to establishing democratic rule at universal standards. Obviously, this would be a formidable journey.
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The US and the European Union needs to help in the translation of the demand for democracy into a political will.
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There exists an unmistakable demand in the Middle East and in the wider Muslim world for democratization.
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Therefore, the observation must be explicitly made: In the Middle East and in the Muslim world, suspicions linger concerning the objectives of the West and notably the US.
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Therefore, the question is not whether such democratization is possible, but instead how to meet the yearning of the masses in the Middle East for democracy; in other words, how to achieve democratization in the Middle East.
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What should be targeted is a concept of organic, and not just mechanic, democracy that preserves the rule of law, separation of powers, and that is participatory and pluralistic.
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