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Monday, April 15, 2013

Guess who else is opposed to Erdogan visiting Gaza

No, it's not just Israel who would like to keep Turkish Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan out of the Gaza Strip. The 'Palestinian Authority' now openly opposes the visit as well.
Last month, The Jerusalem Post reported that the PA leadership in the West Bank was strongly opposed to Erdogan’s intention to visit the Gaza Strip to meet with Hamas leaders.
Then, the PA embassy in Turkey denied the Post’s report, claiming that Abbas and the PA leadership supported the Turkish prime minister’s plan to visit the Gaza Strip.


The PA believes that Erdogan’s visit to the Gaza Strip would deepen Palestinian divisions, said Azzam al-Ahmed, member of the Fatah Central Committee and a close advisor to Abbas.
Ahmed said that Abbas was planning to visit Ankara soon in a bid to persuade Erdogan not to go to the Gaza Strip.
A PA official in Ramallah warned Monday that Erdogan’s planned visit would serve to legitimize Hamas’s rule and create the impression that the Gaza Strip is an independent Palestinian entity.
The official told the Post that the PA leadership has asked the US Administration to exert pressure on Erdogan to refrain from going to the Gaza Strip.
If the US doesn't do all in its power to stop this visit, it will prove that its foreign policy goal is to appease the Islamists like Erdogan and not to do everything possible to bring about peace.

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