Israel strikes out in bid to repair relations with Turkey
Over the last few weeks, our government has made several overtures to Turkey in a bid to repair relations that have been soured since Turkey sided with Hamas in Operation Cast Lead in December 2008.
Israel sent messages to Ankara over the last two weeks that it is interested in creating a more “positive dynamic” in its badly strained relationship with Turkey so the two countries can work together to further common interests, government officials said Sunday.
The messages were sent prior to John Kerry’s maiden trip abroad as US secretary of state, a trip that will take him to nine countries in 10 days, including Turkey.
It is widely expected that Kerry will raise the issue of ties with Israel during his talks with Turkish leaders in Ankara.
The US has long been pressing both Ankara and Jerusalem to take steps to improve relations that went into a nosedive following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.But the efforts have failed miserably.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, accompanied by former Foreign Ministry director general Joseph Ciechanover, held talks in the Italian capital with Turkish Foreign Ministry Director Feridun Sinirlioğlu, to try to formulate terms for easing the rift between the two countries that has strained relations over the past three years.
But the contacts did not produce a breakthrough, Channel 2 reported Saturday night, and the Israelis came home empty handed.
And to make the failure complete, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Hussein Obama's Best Friend Forever, attacked Israel again on Sunday, as part of an attack on Bashar al-Assad (Hat Tip: Joshua I).Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni made her own effort to ease the strains by seeking a meeting in New York late last year with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, but he refused to see her, the news report said.
"Every day a large number of innocent children and women fall dead in Syria," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, according to AFP.
"We will not remain silent on those committing crimes against their people... We will not remain silent on the brutal dictator in Syria," he added.
However, in a reference to Israel, Erdogan also said, according to the Jordan Times, “We will not remain silent in the face of the cruel dictator, the mute devil, who mercilessly carried out massacres against his own people, but who has remained silent and unresponsive toward those who have occupied his own territories for decades.”Yes, to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the worst crime of a man who has murdered 60,000 of his own people is that he hasn't managed to destroy the Jewish state. And Israel's moronic government continues to try in vain to prostrate itself before this moron.
What could go wrong?