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Friday, June 18, 2010

Silver lining: Full house may pass Armenian genocide resolution

Israel's supporters in Congress have warned Turkey that the full House may yet vote on a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide as a result of the Turks' behavior over the last few weeks.
The resolution passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee by a single vote in March, but so far has not come up for debate by the full House. Turkey called home its U.S. ambassador to protest the House committee vote.

However, House members who have been unwilling to support the resolution now say they might change their minds due to Turkey's pro-Iranian moves and support for the recent effort to break Israel's blockade of Gaza.

"There will be a cost if Turkey stays on its present heading of growing closer to Iran and more antagonistic to the state of Israel," Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, told a news conference. "It will bear upon my view and I believe the view of many members of Congress on the state of the relationship with Turkey."

In particular, Pence, said, "They need to understand going forward there's going to be a cost regarding the Armenian resolution."

Rep. Peter King, R-New York, echoed Pence in saying he was reconsidering his past opposition to taking up the Armenian genocide resolution.

King said he and "many" other House members believe there was an Armenian genocide, but have been reluctant to support the resolution due to the strategic U.S. relationship with Turkey.

"I think that's about to change," King said.
That particular CHANGE is long overdue. Heh.


At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

when will the knesset do the same

both america and israel have not recognized the armenian genocide for political reasons

those reasons are gone

it was wrong...why we had to worry about the feelings of the bloody turks is beyond me...especially after the fall of the soviet union

it is time....petition the knesset to follow in the path of the congres

At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only for the sake of verbal clarity:

Bernard Lewis Speaking on Armenian Allegations

At 10:47 AM, Blogger יונתן said...

Sorry, but I've always found it disgusting that we have refused to recognize the Armenian genocide, in deference to our former friends in Turkey.

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Hatfield said...

And what about the Kurds. According to the Times about 40,000 have been killed as the Kurds try to achieve autonomy from Turkey. Perhaps Israel should bring this up, as it is quite recent, so the fog of history is rather thin.

Israel should be bringing up Turkey's many atrocities at every chance and in every venue.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Andre (Canada) said...

Big deal!
The Turks will have a fit and that's about it.
Back to sleep.


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