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Sunday, March 07, 2010

'Al-Aqsa Mosque, Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb were not and will never be Jewish sites but Islamic sites' says....

Now, how many of you read that quote and - without looking at the picture - thought it would be Mahmoud Abbas or Ismail Haniyeh or some other 'Palestinian' nobody. Nope. That quote came from Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday continued his assault on Israel, according to Saudi paper Al Wattan, which quoted him as saying that that al Aksa Mosque, the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb “were not and never will be Jewish sites, but Islamic sites.”

Speaking to Palestinian journalists, Erdogan reportedly said "Palestine [was] always at the top of Turkey’s priorities." He expressed his support for the renewal of indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Donning a cloak of pan-Islamic identity, Erdogan told Al Wattan that he “loves my brothers in Fatah and my brothers in Hamas to the same degree, because they are my Muslim brothers and I cannot distinguish between them.”

Erdogan’s sticking of his nose in the recent Palestinian rancor over Israel’s declaration that the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb will be part of a list of sites slated for preservation is the latest in a seemingly calculated series of moves based on Turkey’s reassessment of a power-shift occurring in the Middle East. It was not clear why he mentioned the mosque, as Israel never declared it part of the list.

The significance of Israel’s decision in itself is more symbolic than real, as it would mean little change on the ground.
Can we please announce that Turkey has no role to play between Israel and any of its Arab interlocutors? This guy is competing with Nasrallah and Ahmadinejad to see who can be the most inflammatory.


At 11:26 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

yeah and Hagia Sophia was n ever a xtian site etc.......

At 12:35 AM, Blogger David_77 said...

Don't bother Muslims with facts. Particularly with the obvious one that Abraham existed more than TWO-THOUSAND years before Muhammad concocted the Muslim "religion." I sometimes wonder if Erdogan is essentially brain-dead, and Nasrallah and Ahmadinejad are actually writing his remarks for him.

At 12:49 AM, Blogger Geoffrey Carman said...

So if you follow the Islamic perspective, that all the previous religions (Jews and Christians) were actually Islamic, but then the 'people' screwed it up sinning. (They call it corrupting)

Well then they are at least consistent in claiming this.

Now this is utter nonsense, since they also feel that everyone is born Muslim, they just don't know it till they Revert to Islam, later in life.

Thus they do not have a notion of conversion, only reversion.

Again, nonsense, but as someone else said, sense has little to do with it.

Either you accept their nonsense or you do not.

Just as accepting the so called "Arab East Jerusalem" as being not for Jews, then you validate the Jordainian ethnic cleansing and give it value.

The premise is flawed and stupid, but people seem to buy it, since our critical media, is anything but critical, or thoughtful.

At 5:49 AM, Blogger Arius said...

Turks will be Turkeys...


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