Friday, September 09, 2011

Turkey and Sour Grapes on the Table with Israel:  Challenging UN Report
Nadene Goldfoot
Turkey wants an apology from Israel even though it was Turkey who was defying their law.  By their being stubborn and showing how brave they were in defying the measely Israelis' rule of  breaking the blockade, they lost a few of their men by their own aggressive actions.  Prime Minister Erdogan claims that his botched blockade run resulted in losing 8 Turks and 1 Turkish citizen and expects Israel to pay reparations for them as well.

I think they want to play a big part in the "Arab Spring" now that Egypt has lost Mubarak and may be in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.  They can't be told that they erred  as shown in the UN report which revealed that Israel was in the right and their blockading ships entering was legal as they acted in self defense.

Turkey is going to the International court of Justice and will challenge the ruling.    Turkey has now also expelled the Israeli ambassador and has severed military ties with Israel, though Israel's militry attache may still be there.   They want an apology from Israel and Israel isn't about to give it.  Such a statement is necessary between children but holds a different meaning among countries, especially ones with alterior motives such as Turkey.  In doing so Israel would be bending to the will of Turkey, showing the Arabs that this can be done and that Turkey is powerful. 

Turkey's prime minister is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Sufi Muslim of 57 years who became prime minister in 2003.  He belongs to the Islamist AKP party which is not moderate.  He finds the adjective "moderate" about him offensive.  He is friends with Iran and Sudan and himself is very anti-Jewish. 

Whereas Israel would like Turkey to treat them with respect, the results of this break of relations will only lead Israel into issuing a travel advisory to not travel to Turkey which will affect planes that may be stopping there on their routes.  Israel will cooperate with Armenians.  Armenia went through a holocaust with Turkey and they are still arguing over Mt. Ararat.  They will help promote an anti-Turkish  attitude in Congress.  Israel will be able to contact Kurdish groups like the PKK in Europe.  Turkey has been guilty of many illegal moves against minorities like them and Israel will provide some cooperation with them. 

Update: Even knowing that it was illegal to bring ships into Gaza to break the flotilla, Turkey is planning on sending the Turkish navy on the next flotilla.  There is none planned right now.;_ylc=X3oDMTNqMHFrY21qBF9TAzIxNDMzMzQ2NzQEYWN0A21haWxfY2IEY3QDYQRpbnRsA3VzBGxhbmcDZW4tVVMEcGtnA2FjNDBiYzFlLTQwMjItMzU4Yy1iMjc4LWRiMDNiOGIzNjAwNwRzZWMDbWl0X3NoYXJlBHNsawMEdGVzdAM-;_ylv=3,7340,L-4119984,00.html
Update: 9/10/11;_ylc=X3oDMTNnMjNocmQ4BF9TAzc2NjUxNTQEYWN0A21haWxfY2IEY3QDYQRpbnRsA3VzBGxhbmcDZW4tVVMEcGtnA2RjZTA3ZTM1LTc2ZGYtMzBlOC1hYWE2LWUwZjMyNjE2YTAzMgRzZWMDbWl0X3NoYXJlBHNsawMEdGVzdAM-;_ylv=3
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