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ISRAELI-TURKISH RELATIONS CONTINUE TO SOUR AS ANKARA REFUSES JERUSALEM’S PARTICIPATION IN NATO EXERCIZE…….

Turks still pissed off over
Peres’ reading of Hamas’ charter

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan:
How dare this Jew read from the Koran!
The relations between Israel and Turky have yet to heal, and the Tundra Tabloids seriously doubts that they ever will, as long as Islamic fundamentalists remain in control of the government. Earlier this year at the Davos forum, Israeli president, Shimon Peres, gave the Turkish PM a dressing down concerning Hamas and the Gaza war.
President Peres turning to Erdogan:Democracy is not a matter of elections, it is a civilization. And I want to contradict your words (Erdogan’s), by quoting from the Hamas. I won’t give (unclear) ..but Hamas concerns us, Hamas published a charter. Let me read just two lines, three lines from it. From the Hamas charter (reading from a piece of paper):
The day of judgment will not come about until the Muslims kill the Jews, when the Jews will hide behind stones and trees, there is no solution for peace initiative, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time.” (Turning to Erdogan) This is an official charter. I don’t know of which Hamas you are talking?
DAVOS WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, start at the 40 min. mark for the Peres speech, at 42 minutes he began reading from the Hamas charter (Koran). After president Peres finished speaking, Erdogan launches into a tirade and then at the 1:04:26 mark stomps off the stage.

What we are witnessing here in the latest Turkish move against Israel’s participation in the NATO exercize, is a continuation of what happened in Davos Switzerland. KGS

ANKARA, Turkey (Al-CNN) — Turkey excluded Israel from a planned NATO military exercise partly because of Turkey’s criticism of Israel’s Gaza offensive nearly a year ago, Turkey’s foreign minister told CNN on Sunday.
The Turkish government decided to change the list of participating countries and exclude Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces. As a result, the NATO exercise was effectively scrapped, although a U.S. embassy representative said it was only postponed.
Asked why Turkey excluded Israel from the exercise, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, “We hope that the situation in Gaza will be improved, that the situation will be back to the diplomatic track. And that will create a new atmosphere in Turkish-Israeli relations as well. But in the existing situation, of course, we are criticizing this approach, [the] Israeli approach.”
Earlier, the Turkish foreign ministry said “a technical matter,” not politics, prompted the delay of the Anatolian Eagle exercise.
Instead of the NATO exercise, Davutoglu said Turkey would be conducting “a national military exercise now after consultations with all the parties involved.”
The United States and Italy — which, along with Turkey, are members of NATO — were scheduled to take part in the exercise. Both countries withdrew their participation from the drill after learning Israel had been excluded, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, citing foreign ministry sources.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Ankara would say only that the United States and its allies postponed the exercise “in hopes of re-scheduling it.”
“We look at this as a postponement, not a cancellation,” said embassy spokeswoman Deborah Guido.
Turkey is Israel’s Muslim ally in the Middle East, and the two nations have enjoyed close military and economic relations over the last decade. But tensions have emerged over strong Turkish criticism of the Gaza offensive in December and January.

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