I think it’s silly to even think otherwise.

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Israel stands in the way of Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman hegemonic aspirations. He needs to foment anti-Israel vitriol like a snake needs to coil before striking.

Analysis: Israel-Turkey thaw may be only temporary

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan . (photo credit:GERARD FOUET / AFP)

Israel and Turkey appear to be close to normalizing relations, though it is not yet a done deal.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist ideology and coziness with radical groups such as Hamas are likely to get in the way sooner or later.

Erdogan and his AKP government’s rhetoric against Israel, its harboring of Hamas terrorists and efforts to get its hand into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, may quiet down for a bit if a deal is reached, but it is only a matter of time before such anti-Israel actions return.

On Saturday, Erdogan reportedly met with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and according to a report on Monday in the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak, Mashaal also met with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for over two hours on Sunday.

It appears that Turkey is going out of its way to make sure Hamas is taken care of in the event a deal is reached, possibly in connection to reports that Israel is demanding that senior Hamas official Saleh al-Arouri leave the country.

More here.


IslamoNazis are birds of a feather.

And Turkey is still a member nation in NATO?

ERDOGAN the Hamas pal

Suspicions of Turkey, Hamas alliance stoke fears in Israel


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is shown here hosting Hamas leaders Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh in June, 2013. Since this meeting Turkey’s ties to Hamas have increased. [Turkish Prime Minister’s Press Office]

Hamas, the terrorist group perpetually at odds with Israel, has found a willing patron in Turkey, say critics, who allege the NATO member has rolled out the red carpet for the Jewish state’s longtime nemesis, whose official headquarters are now in Istanbul.

Kicked out of Damascus in Syria amid deteriorating relations with the Assad regime, Hamas’ top leadership has established a new office in Istanbul called the ‘West Bank and Jerusalem Headquarters.” With the approval of the Turkish authorities, Salah Al-Arouri, one of the founders of the Al Qassam Brigade (Hamas’ military wing), and who served 15 years in jail in Israel for terrorist offenses, has been directing Hamas’ efforts in the West Bank to overthrow the Palestinian Authority and attack Israel at the same time.

“Turkey has become a Hamas hotbed, and members of the organization’s military wing are undergoing military training on Turkish soil, with the knowledge, support, and assistance of the local authorities,” leading Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot reported last week. “The U.S. administration has appealed in recent months to the Turkish government to prevent Hamas military activity in its territory, arguing that Turkey is a member of NATO and that Hamas is viewed by most NATO members as a terrorist organization. The appeals have gone unanswered.”

More here.


Yet another good reason/opportunity to kick Turkey out of NATO.

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Turkey pulls out of Munich defense conference because of Israel

Turkey is declining to attend an upcoming security conference in Munich due to the expected participation of Israeli officials, Ankara’s foreign minister told the Anadolu news agency on Friday.

The Munich Security Conference is an annual event that brings together some of the world’s top policy makers in foreign and defense policy.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was due to attend the conference, which is scheduled to begin on Friday. He told reporters in Berlin that he had withdrawn from the event after he had learned that Israeli representatives would also be present.

This year’s meeting is expected to draw 20 heads of states as well as 60 foreign and defense ministers.

“But, we have decided not to participate in the Munich Security Conference because they have subsequently invited Israeli representatives to the Middle East session,” Cavusoglu said.

Anadolu reported that Turkey would instead send a low-level representative to the conference.

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz [Likud], who is Israel’s official envoy to the conference said he was “surprised” by Turkey’s decision.

More here.


The attempt says everything about the state of Turkish politics, and nothing about the Jewish state.

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Turkish MP Submits Bill to Define Israel as a ‘Terrorist State’

Turkish parliament to debate a bill, proposed by far-right MP, which would define Israel as a ‘terrorist state’.

By Ege Berk Korkut

First Publish: 11/25/2014, 6:50 PM
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses parliament

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses parliament

Lutfu Turkkan, a Turkish MP for the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), introduced on Monday a bill to Turkey’s parliament which proposes recognizing Israel as “a terrorist state.”

The Turkish deputy began his speech to parliament by referring to the nine Turkish Islamists killed while attacking IDF soldiers aboard the Mavi Marmara, the ship which was part of a flotilla in 2010 aiming to break Israel’s blockade on Hamas in Gaza.

He continued by claiming that the Arab-Israeli conflict hasn’t been solved yet purely due to Israel’s “terrorist actions” against Palestinian Arabs, ignoring the numerous peace proposals accepted by Israel and rejected by the Palestinian Authority.

“Israel has intentionally targeted civilians in Gaza, killing mostly women and children,” Turkkan charged, and accused Israel of purposefully targeting civilians during the recent 50-day war with terrorists in Gaza – despite evidence of the great lengths to which the IDF went to avoid civilian casualties, and ignoring Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s widespread use of human shields during the conflict.

“The State of Israel aimed killing children, senior citizens, and women living in Gaza; when this is taken into consideration, Israel’s crimes meet the definition of ‘terrorism’. It has become an undeniable fact that Turkeyshould recognize Israel as a terrorist state,” he alleged, .

MHP, alternatively translated as “Nationalist Action Party,” is a far-right Turkish political party which is currently the second largest opposition faction in the Parliament of Turkey.

More here.




erdogan the peace maker

Turkish PM: Nothing will prevent us from protecting Jerusalem

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announces his new cabinet in Ankara, August 29, 2014.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu slammed Israel for its “attacks” on Jerusalem, vowing to defend the city and its holy sites, even if doing so alone.

“Nothing will prevent Turkey from protecting Jerusalem and the al-Aksa mosque,” Davutoglu addressed his party at a weekly faction meeting on Wednesday.

Israel’s “brutal” leaders must not “dare consider” continuing their attacks on the city, Istanbul’s Hurriyet quoted him as saying.

Turkey will not be silent, even if the rest of the world turns a blind eye to the events engulfing the capital, he promised, before accusing Jerusalem of taking advantage of the instability and turmoil in the Middle East.

Ankara is raising awareness – through its representatives around the world – of Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and has already sent a government delegate to look into ways to mend the escalating situation.

Rising tensions over access to the contested Temple Mount, a site holy to both Jews and Muslims, has sparked a new wave of violence, which culminated in a deadly terrorist attack last week.

More here.



Erdogan has Obama to share the hate with.

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Pew poll: Israel most hated country in Turkey

86% of responders have an unfavorable opinion of Israel, while only 2% view it positively; Turks also harbor a strong dislike to terror organizations – 80% dislike Hamas, 85% dislike Hezbollah.

Ynet Published: 11.02.14, 21:19 / Israel News

Israel is the country most hated by Turkish citizens, a Pew Research Center poll released last week found.

Responders were asked whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of a selection of states (US, China, Brazil, Russia, Iran, Israel) and entities (such as the European Union and Nation).

Israel was found the most disliked country of the offered options, with 86 percent of responders saying they have an unfavorable opinion of Israel and only 2 percent seeing Israel in a positive light.

There is of course no reason to be surprised of the negative view Turks have of Israel. A diplomatic rift was opened between the two countries during the 2008-9 Operation Cast Lead. At the height of the still-ongoing conflict was the Israeli commando raid of the Turkish “Mavi Marmara” ship that was attempting to break the blockade on Gaza. The incident left 10 Turkish citizens dead.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan often attacks Israel, publicly accusing it of “genocide” of the Palestinians.

Still, it’s interesting to learn just how much the Turkish public dislikes Israel.

Other than having a favorable opinion of their own country (78 percent, according to a 2012 poll), the Turks don’t think highly of any of the countries or entities asked about.

The Turks have a lot opinion of the European Union (66 percent unfavorable opinion, 25 percent favorable), China (68 percent negative views, 21 percent positive), the United States (73 percent negative views and 19 percent positive), Russia (73 percent negative, 16 positive), Brazil (65 percent negative, 20 percent positive) and Iran (75 percent negative, 14 percent positive).

Saudi Arabia, however, another Sunni state, is the most liked of the countries asked about, but even then, only 26 percent of Turks have a favorable opinion of it, while 53 percent have an unfavorable opinion of it).

More here.



Islamic anti-Semitism.

But the former OIC seg-gen (who just lost in an election against Erdogan) would beg to differ, according to him there’s no such thing as Muslims being anti-Semitic, even if they are bashing in a Jew’s head while quoting the koran I suppose:

OIC ishanoglu

There was a time when Jews in Turkey could breathe rather freely, but since the resurgence of Islam in the public square, they are once again feeling the pinch.

NOTE: I am reminded of the puff piece by the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat on Jews in Iran, who face a similar situation as the Jews in Turkey, but worse, they have the discriminatory ”cleanliness” (najis) edicts to contend with.

Also: As an added supplment to the post: Understanding Islamic Antisemitism in Turkey, From the Ottomans to Erdogan, a must read of Andy Bostom’s trilogy of the subject.:

Turkish Jews Concerned About the Election of Erdogan, Warn Israelis: “Do Not Come”

They are almost not willing to talk and are very afraid of the reelection of Erdogan. The Jewish community in Turkey warned the Israelis and believe: The relations between us could make things worse. A Jewish factory owner in Turkey: “We do not voice our opinions.”

Aug 10, 2014, 12:45PM | Jerusalemonline Staff

Protest in Turkey

Protest in Turkey Channel 2 News/Reuters

They change their names, do not reveal their identity, and keep their opinions to themselves.  Jews in Turkey can only dream of a scenario where Primi Minister maintain their own opinions. Jews living in Turkey can only dream of a situation in which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not reelected.  As citizens go to the polls, the Jews understand that they will be forced to live in fear.

“Natalie” is a Jew who lives in Istanbul and asked to remain anonymous. “Day by day it’s only getting worse – in the press, in the streets and just in general, I’m not saying I’m Jewish, and if I am asked then I deny.  It is terrifying”, she shared. “People have been seriously thinking of moving to Israel, and there are many who have done it.”

It is estimated that there are currently more than 20,000 Jews living in Turkey.  When we called one of the synagogues in the country they answered in Turkish saying “We must not talk, it is dangerous, very dangerous.  Thank you very much.”  Even a man in the Jewish community who has been interviewed previously did not want to talk.  “The situation is sensitive now and I do not want to take the risk,” he explained.

More here H/T: Ege Berk Korkut



More ‘peace’ activism!

gaza flotilla peace activist

The Turkish humanitarian relief organisation (IHH) is currently organising a “Freedom Flotilla II” which will carry humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim said Thursday.

In statements to Gulf Online, Yildrim said that his organisation has embarked on legal procedures and paperwork required to obtain a permit for the trip. As soon as a final permit is issued, the IHH along with other international organisations will immediately set up the convoy.

Eh, the IHH is not ‘humanitarian’ in the Western sense of the word, they have strong ties with the Hamas, making themselves targets (IMHO) to Israeli gunboats if encountered once again. And the ”freedom” they (the IHH and the Turk PM Erdogan) proscribe, is sharia (oppressive Islam). They’re ramping up the rhetoric now to shake the Jews, but come what may, those terror ships will not reach the coast line, nor a Gaza harbor.

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Turkey to send another Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

Mavi Marmara

The chairman of IHH, a major organiser of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla I, said that Turkish army troops will accompany the ships to protect it from any potential attack, pointing out that his organisation demanded the government to provide protection for them as Turkish citizens.

More here at Middle East H/T: Marc Louis.



The Turks are very hostile neighbors.

Mind you, Turkey used to be a secular state whose military was a friendly ally of Israel. The process of Turkey’s islamization started prior to the death of Kemal Ataturk, and especially afterwards. Now it’s steam rolling to unprecedented levels not seen since the caliphate ruled the entire Levant.

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Turkish Jews urged to apologize for ‘Israeli killing of Muslims’

Published: 07.17.14, 10:14 / Israel

Radical newspaper affiliated with Prime Minister Erdogan accuses Turkey’s Jewish community of encouraging ‘murder of children’ in Gaza.

Roy Yerushalmi

A Turkish daily affiliated with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the country’s Jewish community to apologize for the Palestinian casualties of the Israeli operation in Gaza.

“You came here after being banished from Spain,” Yeni Akit correspondent Faruk Köse wrote Wednesday in an open letter to Hakham Bashi, the chief rabbi of Turkey’s Jewish community. “You have lived comfortably among us for 500 years and gotten rich at our expense. Is this your gratitude – killing Muslims? Erdogan, demand that the community leader apologize!”

In the right-wing newspaper’s editorial, Ali Karahasanoğlu wrote: “After the barrage of missiles which hit the capital city of Tel Aviv, Israel has been pushed into a corner and is crying out for a ceasefire, which at the moment only serves Israel and the United States.

“The IDF is using forbidden weapons, intentionally killing children and murdering Muslims for the sake of murdering Muslims. Hamas is unprepared to accept dictations from Israel and the US, and will only lay down its weapon after its understandings are accepted.

“While all this is happening, the journal of the Jewish community in Turkey, ‘Shalom,’ is referring to the murder of children in Gaza as ‘taking care of terrorists.'”

Turkish child urinating on Israeli flag
Turkish child urinating on Israeli flag

NOTE: Obama seen somewhere nodding in approval

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Obama’s fundamentalist pal not available for commentary. 


According to the source, chances that the Hamas leadership in Gaza, or Hamas terrorists released in the Gilad Shalit, are behind the kidnapping are less likely.

IDF Reveals Hamas in Turkey Likely Behind Kidnapping

Senior security source reports that Hamas leadership abroad thought responsible for kidnapping, in particular Salah al-Arouri in Turkey.

By Ari Yashar

First Publish: 6/19/2014, 8:20 PM
Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A senior IDF source said Thursday that the search for the three Israeli teens kidnapped by Hamas terrorists last Thursday suggests that Hamas leadership abroad, and particularly in Turkey, is behind the abduction.

The source told Walla! that in particular Salah al-Arouri, a Hamas leader living in Turkey, has been a key source behind terror attacks in Judea and Samaria in recent years.

Reports last December revealed that Turkey has replaced Iran as the leading financial backer of Hamas since 2012; Turkey is the only NATO member to recognize Hamas. According to the reports, Ankara has hosted a Hamas presence, led by al-Arouri, which facilitates operations and cash transfers, mostly to Judea and Samaria.

The source noted that al-Arouri in the past lived in a village to the north of Ramallah in Samaria, and has been a major force in founding terror cells in Judea and Samaria, funding and training them to conduct kidnapping attacks.

While Israel still doesn’t have the “smoking gun” proving al-Arouri’s involvement, the source said “I have no doubt that al-Arouri’s hand is behind this.”

“You have to understand that this isn’t a normal army, and there’s no direct command but rather a general directive, and currently the directive remains unchanged – to conduct abduction attacks,” commented the source.

In the last two years dozens of delegates for al-Arouri have visited Judea and Samaria according to the source, arriving through Jordan. While several of them were arrested, the security system only learned of others as they were on their way back out of Israel.

Those that were arrested had with them money and written messages from al-Arouri himself, specifically ordering Hamas operatives in Judea and Samaria to establish terror cells to conduct kidnapping attacks.

More here.




I just received this from Ege:

“State of conflict with Israel was imminent”
At the meeting, the idea of sending warships to escort the Mavi Marmara had come into question.

Report: Turkey Considered Naval Invasion of Israeli Waters

Turkish paper reveals details of secret meeting hours before Mavi Marmara flotilla incident; possibility of war with Israel considered.
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By Ege Berk Korkut

First Publish: 5/7/2014, 11:36 AM
Mavi Marmara

Mavi Marmara
AFP photo

A Turkish newspaper has released details of a high-level meeting of the country’s military leaders, in which the Turkish government had considered sending warships into Israel as a military escort for the Mavi Marmara flotilla – and the possibility of triggering a war with the Jewish state as a result.

On May 31 2010, nine Turkish Islamists were killed on the flotilla after violently attacking IDF soldiers, during an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade on the terrorist group Hamas-enclave Gaza. The incident worsened a growing diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Israel, who had once been close allies.

Statements to the Turkish press made by Retired Admiral of the Turkish Fleet, Nusret Guner, show how far the Erdogan government was prepared to go in supporting anti-Israel groups. The Islamist organization behind the flotilla – the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) has since been raided over ties to Al Qaeda, and is suspected of sending weapons to Al Qaeda-linked groups in Syria.

Hours before the Mavi Marmara flotilla raid, on May 30 2010, the Turkish Navy Base in Iskenderun was attacked by Kurdish militants using rocket launchers. Six Turkish soldiers were killed and seven were wounded.

Prime Minister Erdogan, Chief of Staff Ilker Basbug and Turkish Navy’s Commander Ugur Yigit were all abroad for official visits.

According to Turkish paper Haberturk, at 7.30 a.m. an emergency meeting was held with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, Interior Minister Besir Atalay, several army generals and navy chief Admiral Nusret Guner.

More here.



I’m for reducing Turkish relations (under the ruling AKP) to the level seen here, with the Turkish Ambassador to Israel seated on the right:

NOTE: Only the secular Turkish military offers any hope for a return to normalcy, but then again, they’ve been radically reduced by constant purges, and filled with pro-AKP lackeys, that it’s more than likely gone beyond a point of return.

Erdogan, Israel and the upcoming Turkish municipal elections

03/28/2014 07:13

No one in Jerusalem is buying the idea that after the municipal elections, if Erdogan wins and his political fortunes receive a boost, all will return to normal between Israel and Turkey.

Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish PM, Tayyip Erdogan Photo: REUTERS

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rode his Israel bashing to unprecedented popularity in the Arab world a few years ago.

He was a hero – first, for demonstratively walking out on President Shimon Peres at Davos in 2009, then for extracting an apology from then deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon for the low couch incident, with the Turkish ambassador and finally for recalling Turkey’s ambassador in Tel Aviv and expelling Israel’s envoy from Ankara, after the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010.

Hail Erdogan, the masses shouted; hail the new sultan.

It was Erdogan who hinted that he would send warships to accompany “aid” ships to Gaza to relieve the blockade (that never happened). It was Erdogan who was going to show everyone and make a triumphant visit to Gaza last summer (that never materialized). It was Erdogan who brought Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to his knees, or so Ankara’s billboards claimed last year at this time, after Netanyahu apologized – at the behest of US President Barack Obama – for operational errors during the raid on the Mavi Marmara that may have caused loss of life. Nine Turks trying to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza were killed in the incident.

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Bird immediately safely returns to J’lem upon release.


turkey clears bird of spying for israel 27.7.2013

By Justin Vela, Istanbul

10:45AM BST 26 Jul 2013

The kestrel was discovered by residents of Altinavya, a village in Elazig province, wearing a metallic ring stamped with the words “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel”. Suspicious that the bird may have been on a spying mission for the Jewish state, villagers turned the bird over to local authorities, according to Turkish media.

So great was the level of concern medical personnel at Elazig’s Firat University initially identified the kestrel as “Israeli Spy” in their registration documents. Intensive medical examinations – including X-rays – determined that the bird was, indeed, just a bird. There were no sign of microchips that might transmit information back to Israel, local media reported. The kestrel was allowed to fly off after authorities determined there was no need to press charges.

Yet the incident shows the degree of paranoia and xenophobia regarding Israel that exists among large segments of Turkish society. It comes as talks between Turkey and Israel over compensation for families of those killed in the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident have stalled.

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This is the reason why Israel should have never, ever admitted any kind of apology to Turkey, in response to the pressure exerted by the radical/extremist U.S. president. 

This is not the action of a regime eager to mend fences with the Jewish state, on the contrary, it’s seeking to capitalize on antisemitic/anti-Israsel sentiment throughout the region as the Turks try to forge its leadership role of the Arabs.


Turkey says Israel must admit to ‘wrongful act’ in Marmara case

Deputy PM Arinc claims compensation talks stalled due to Israel’s insistence that damages to families of victims of 2010 IDF raid on Gaza-bound ship be defined as ex gratia payment

The reason for the deadlock in compensation talks between Turkey and Israel is the Jewish state’s insistence on defining the damages slated to be paid to the families of those killed during the 2010 commando raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara ship as an ex gratia payment and not as a result of a “wrongful act,” Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said.

“In our first meeting (the Israelis) showed no opposition to this. But in the second meeting, they intended to give an ex gratia payment as a form of reparation because they fear compensation (as a result of their wrongful act) will set an example for other cases, which is not a concern to us,” Arinc told bureau chiefs in Ankara on July 23.

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Anti-Jew fervor on every level in Turkish society loyal to the Islamic fundamentalist AKP party.

H/T Ege Berk Korkut


Turkish film translation “erases” Israel from Brad Pitt epic

Turkey’s version of World War Z starring Brad Pitt is reported to have removed references to Israel, instead labelling the Jewish state, “Middle East”

The Turkish language translation of hit book-turned-movie World War Z has been found to obscure references to the Jewish state, instead subtitling the Israeli parts as simply, “Middle East”.

Marc Forster’s apocalyptic zombie epic World War Z is due to hit cinema screens tomorrow, but in Turkey, one of the film’s critical elements is glossed over or erased, according to an Istanbul-based film critic.

Fans of Max Brooks’ book World War Z will be familiar with the intrinsic role the State of Israel plays as a global zombie pandemic sets in. Israel’s neighbours and indeed the wider world fail to fare as well as the Jewish state during the crisis.

Writing in the Times of Israel, Jordan Hoffman says, “For a solid 10-minute stretch, ‘World War Z’ is the greatest piece of cinematic propaganda for Israel since Otto Preminger’s “Exodus.” While the rest of the world has fallen to cinders, Israel survives. After Pitt’s plane narrowly escapes doom during a bloody action set piece, he touches down at Atarot Airport. The Israeli flag, shown in glorifying closeup, ripples proudly in a sun-dappled halo.”

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Caroline nails it for me.

Second, Israel should scale back the level of military assistance it receives from the US. While Obama was in Israel, he pledged to expand US military assistance to Israel in the coming years. By unilaterally scaling back US assistance and developing its domestic military industries, Israel would send a strong signal to its neighbors that it is not completely dependent on the US and as a consequence, the level of US support for Israel does not determine Israel’s capacity to continue to defend itself.
On a wider level, it is important for Israel to develop the means to end its dependency on the US. Under Obama, despite the support of the great majority of the public, the US has become an undependable ally to Israel, and indeed to the rest of the US’s allies as well. The more quickly Israel can minimize its dependence, the better it will be for Israel, for the US and for the stability of the region. The apology to Turkey was a strategic error. To minimize its consequences, Israel must boldly assert its interests in Syria, Iran, and throughout the region.

The Meaning and Consequences of Israel’s Apology to Turkey

March 25, 2013 By Caroline Glick Comments (38)

US President Barack Obama was on the line when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish protesters aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010.

For those who don’t remember, the Mavi Marmara was a Turkish ship that set sail in a bid to break Israel’s lawful maritime blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza’s coastline. When Israeli naval commandos boarded the ship to interdict it, passengers on deck attacked them – in breach of international maritime law. Soldiers were stabbed, bludgeoned and thrown overboard. In a misguided attempt to show the good faith of Israeli actions, the naval commandos were sent aboard the ship armed with paintball guns. As a consequence, the soldiers pressed to defend themselves. In the hand-to-hand combat that ensued, nine of the Turkish attackers were killed.

The Mavi Marmara was an eminently predictable fight. The Turkish group that hired the boat was an al-Qaeda-affiliated Turkish NGO named IHH. In 1999, the Turkish government was so wary of IHH that it barred the group from participating in relief efforts following a devastating earthquake.

IHH’s fortunes shifted with the rise of its fellow Islamists in the AKP Justice and Development Party led by Recep Tayip Erdogan. The AKP won the 2002 elections and has since been reelected twice.

By 2010, Prime Minster Erdogan had a long track record of anti-Israel actions. Indeed, by 2010, Erdogan had effectively destroyed the strategic alliance Israel had developed with Turkey since 1949. In 2006, Erdogan was the first major international leader and NATO member to host Hamas terror chief Ismail Haniyeh. The same year he allowed Iran to use Turkish territory to transfer weaponry to Hezbollah during the Second Lebanon War.

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This is the mind of the Islamic world, no matter what overtures are given, it’s never enough, they will always find a pretext to demand for more. Just look at the Arabs response to anything Israel has done to forward the ”peace process”, its never good enough, there will always be something yet to be done in order for them to be finally ”pleased.”

NOTE: Turning into a real peachy situation. Erdogan will be allowed by Obummer to spin it any which way he wants, and Netanyahu is left dangling… a pinata ….

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Erdogan: Normalization depends on Israel’s actions

Normalization of diplomatic ties between Israel and Turkey will not occur until Israel meets its commitments to ease blockade, compensate victims, Turkish PM stresses

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that his country’s ties with Israel will only normalize if Israel follows through on its promises both to ease the Gaza blockade and to compensate Turkey for the deaths of nine Turkish citizens in the raid on the Mavi Marmara.

Erdogan spoke in an assembly at the city of Eskisehir, stressing that “Only when Israel carries out its commitments, will normalization occur.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized on Friday for the deaths of nine Turkish citizens in the IDF raid on the Gaza-bound Marmara ship.

As part of the US-brokered settlement, Israel agreed to transfer funds to a humanitarian organization that would compensate the victims’ families.

IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz referred Sunday to Netanyahu’s apology, saying that “It was good that the prime minister took action to promote ties with Turkey; it will have a positive effect on our security and strategic interests.”

Nevertheless, Gantz stressed that “The actions of the soldiers in regards to the Marmara were professional and ethical. Any other army would have ended the incident with dozens of deaths. I have complete faith in the commanders.”

 More here.