Erdogan backtracks on understandings with Netanyahu
Day after Israeli PM’s apology phone call, Turkish leader says it’s not yet time to drop case against 4 IDF generals over Marmara deaths, won’t send new envoy yet, will visit Gaza
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to backtrack Saturday onÂ understandings reached with Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuÂ in a dramatic US-brokered phone call Friday on healing ties between Ankara and Jerusalem.
Erdogan said Saturday it was too early to cancel legal steps against Israeli soldiers who took part in the raid on theÂ MaviÂ Mamara. Read more>>Â
I wonder if Obama arm-twisted Erdogan like he did Netanyahu:
Indeed, Israel – and America, for that matter – would do history a great justice if they reminded Turkey in the strongest language possible, of the Turks’ bloody crimes against their own minorities, instead of sitting back and allowing Turkey to pontificate about Israel’s nonexistent “crimes against humanity.” Continued silence will only strengthen bullies and thugs like ErdoÄŸan, lend credence to his outlandish slander, and allow Turkey to continue to rewrite history in its own image.
Come and get it if you dare:
But seriously, why is rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey issuing this call now? Are the Turks trying to build a base of non-Muslims from which to collect the jizya once the Sharia is restored?
“Turkey Invites Wary Minorities To Return From Exile,” by Enis Tayman for Radikal, viaÂ Al-Monitor, March 21
This is a dark day for Israel. The people on the Mavi Marmara flotilla wereÂ genocidal Jew-hating jihadis, as you can see in the video above: they were chanting a jihad war cry recalling Muhammad’s massacre of the Jews of Arabia: “Khybar, Khybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return.” See the photosÂ hereÂ of their weapons. In rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey, the fact that Israel fought back against these jihadis is a serious offense. And now Israel, under pressure from Obama, has apologized for defending itself, and set a precedent that it can be pressured into making self-defeating concessions after doing so.
“Turkey, Israel make US-brokered peace after Mavi Marmara apology,” fromÂ Today’s Zaman, March 22 (thanks to JW):
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered an apology to Turkey for a 2010 raid on an aid flotilla that resulted in the deaths of eight Turks and a Turkish American, ending a deep crisis in ties between the two former allies.
In a statement carried by Reuters, Netanyahu said he “expressed apology” to the Turkish people for any error that could have led to loss of life in the flotilla incident. He also said Israel has agreed to pay compensation to the families of the victims and that Israel and Turkey agree to work together to improve the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories.
A Turkish official in Ankara confirmed the apology, telling Today’s Zaman that Netanyahu called ErdoÄŸan to offer an apology and that ErdoÄŸan accepted it.
The breakthrough came as a result of what appears to be a US bid to normalize relations between the two former allies. News of the apology came just after President Barack Obama said that ErdoÄŸan and Netanyahu spoke on the phone on Friday. The announcement came hours after Obama wrapped up a visit to Israel.
“I am hopeful that today’s exchange between the two leaders will enable them to engage in deeper cooperation on this and a range of other challenges and opportunities,” Obama said in the statement released by the White House. “The United States deeply values our close partnerships with both Turkey and Israel, and we attach great importance to the restoration of positive relations between them in order to advance regional peace and security.”
Netanyahu promised ErdoÄŸan that he will lift restrictions to goods civilian people will use in Palestinian territories, including Gaza, and this will continue until peace holds.