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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Erdogan threatens Israel

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left in the picture) threatened Israel on Tuesday, warning it not to 'test our patience' (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community not to accept an independent Israeli investigation into the lethal operation against the "Freedom Flotilla" to Gaza. He called the IDF action a "massacre" and warned Israel not to test Turkey's patience.

During a speech before the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Erdogan said the flotilla was legal, and the operation against it was a violation of the spirit of the UN. He added that the unjustified attack against the flotilla was "a blow to world peace and against international law."

Erdogan, who was applauded throughout the speech, went over the steps taken by Turkey following the incident, including the recall of the Turkish ambassador in Tel Aviv, the cancellation of three military exercises that the two states were supposed to carry out, and the return of a young Turkish basketball player from Israel.

"Now Israel has shown to all the world how well it knows how to kill," he said. "People were killed and badly wounded, some from shots, even when bound. How human is this? There is no other way of explaining this to the world. All states condemn it, but this is not enough, we need results. People around the world need to know that one day justice will be revealed. If Israel does not immediately free all the detainees and wounded, the rift in relations with it will widen."
For the time being, Israel has decided not to reciprocate by recalling our ambassador from Ankara. Will we at least cancel Turkey's order for drones? Will we arm the Kurds?

By the way, as I noted at least twice on Tuesday, the UN resolutions as passed would allow an Israeli investigation. Erdogan is angling for another Goldstone.

Is anyone in the US government trying to get Erdogan to tone it down, and especially not to send the Turkish navy with two more boats next week? If they are, I haven't heard about it.

What could go wrong?


At 2:08 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

If Turkey wants war, the consequences should fall upon them - incidentally there is a strong anti-Turkish mood among average Israelis. Israel should recall its ambassador from Ankara and break off diplomatic relations. Turkey's behavior is not that of a friend and ally. It is that of an enemy and a belligerent. Israel should not put up with that kind of behavior.

No normal self-respecting country would.

What could go wrong indeed

At 2:47 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Daniel Greenfield AKA Sultan Knish has a good setup article this morning entitled, "Nice Countries Finish Last." And here is where the Stupid Jews' decision to employ paintball guns against terrorists is brought into context:

"But Israel has been responding with metaphorical paintball guns to terrorism for too long now. How many times has Israel bombed empty buildings or sent tanks on pointless raids with no strategic objective except to show the flag. How many times has Israel arrested terrorists, only to let them go as a "confidence building" measure. For that matter the entire Gaza blockade, in which Israel reacted to the Hamas takeover of Gaza with a partial blockade (accompanied by large doses of aid) in order to isolate Hamas. Instead Hamas has used the blockade to isolate Israel even further. That you see is the problem with paintball guns. Not only aren't they of much use, but they actually invite further conflict, and when you finally have to use real guns, more people will die as a result."

"Only consistently leveraging force provides a deterrent. That is something Israel once understood, but has long ago forgotten. Instead Israel has inconsistently employed force, which has naturally led to charges of "disproportionate use of force", because the government has set a bottom basement value for the use of force, which means that both its friends and enemies have learned to expect minimal responses. This means that when we do go to war, we get less support from our friends who are suddenly shocked by what we're doing, and when we don't go to war, we give our enemies the idea that they can get away with anything."

Indeed. The question now is whether Israel will stop being nice to anti-Semites and proactively fight back against them - consistently like Israel is really at war. The jury is still out on that question. More here: Read It All

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Channel Surfer said...

This is entirely correct. One way others judge how dangerous a situation is is how a country reacts to it. When Israel bombs empty buildings or conducts tiny raids or uses paintballs, this sends a very conflicting message and invites the kind of bullying that Turkey (and others) are now doing.

If Israel wants to be treated with respect, it has to act in a way that demands respect.

It also should return action for action.

At 11:17 PM, Blogger Mikethebike said...

you (Israel) are a sick country of terrorists and babykillers
and sooner or later you will get your reward
hopefully sooner


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