No imperialist power can prevent this," Erdogan added in an evening address in Istanbul. He has spent much of the past decade testing the limits of Turkey's secular traditions as well as its ties with the West. These competing forces were on full display as Erdogan moved from honouring Turkey's past to celebrating his own government's achievements while he was prime minister and president. "The Palestinian rally (in Istanbul) was a part of this." - Turbulent spell -The emerging diplomatic crisis further pulled attention away from Turkey's birthday party and onto Erdogan's handling of global affairs.