US hawks are going on the offensive against the flotilla’s chief defender, Ankara.
Turkey’s popularity in the Middle East has soared following its denunciation of Israel’s deadly raidon a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last month.
Turkish flags and posters of Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, have been prominent in demonstrations around the worldprotesting the Israeli attack.
In the Gaza Strip, a growing number of newborn babies have been named after Erdogan.
Meanwhile Turkey says it will not send its ambassador back to Israel unless it receives a formal apology for the attack, that left nine people, mostly Turks,dead.
Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin reports on Turkey’s rising popularity in the region.