Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made no bones about his disdain for Israel. Soon after assuming office he gave a speech at the 2009 World Economic Forum at Davos in which he harangued Israel and its policies and publicly insulted President Shimon Peres.
That speech was the beginning of a process reversing Turkey’s theretofore positive relationship with the Jewish state, though the relationship continued limping along for several months.
Then came the Israeli raid in 2010 on a Turkish ship trying to run its naval blockade of Gaza that resulted in the deaths of eight Turks and one Turkish American. After Israel refused to apologize – though it did express “regret” for the deaths – relations between the two countries came to a virtual stop. Following Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, Mr. Erdogan accused Israel of being a “terrorist state.” And this past week he outdid himself in a speech at the Alliance for Civilizations, a UN forum promoting West-Islam dialogue.
Ostensibly focusing on the evil of disrespectful attitudes toward Muslims found in certain countries, he said that “Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against humanity.”
According to the Associated Press, Turkey’s state-run news agency first reported the remarks in full but removed the reference to “Zionism” in a correction sent out an hour later. It said the correction was “made by the source” but gave no other explanation.
In any event, the Obama administration came down hard on Mr. Erdogan, as did the Canadian foreign minister and, eventually, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (who had not immediately reacted despite being present during Mr. Erdogan’s remarks). And certainly Prime Minister Netanyahu weighed in forcefully.
Yet it is important to appreciate where Mr. Erdogan is coming from. He is a religious Muslim seeking to carve out a role for himself in that world and sees attacking Zionism as his ticket to leadership. Indeed, before his elevation to prime minister, Turkey had been governed by a secular-minded military group that allowed for a mutually beneficial close relationship with Israel, despite the predominance of Islam among Turks.
So the issue is not only what Mr. Erdogan has to say but also that he strikes a chord with Muslims. How can the U.S. continue to view Turkey as key to the NATO alliance when Turkey’s leaders consider America’s closest Mideast ally a renegade state? And how can Israel make agreements with states like Turkey that consider the very establishment of the Jewish state a crime against humanity?
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
We risk our lives to help those who do what they can to kill to our people .
Twain grasped amazingly well the pulse of the Jewish people.
The entertainment industry appears divided about the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
The contrast between the mentality of Israel and the mentality of Hamas was never so loudly expressed as when the Arab killers became heroes and the Jewish killers became prisoners.
There is a threat today representing a new category of missionary:They call themselves “Hayovel.”
Just as we would never grant legitimacy to ISIS, we should not grant legitimacy to Hamas.
Is Woodstock still leading the world to destruction?
Wye would be seen to have set the groundwork for the creation of a Palestinian state
Blaming Israel for the violence in Gaza, he ends up justifying Hamas’s terrorism.
In the Thirties it was common for anti-Semites to call on Jews to “go to Palestine!”
Obama never hid his contempt for the Israeli government or the majority of Israel’s voters.
“This arbitrary ban is an ugly stain on our democracy, and it also undermines the rule of law.”
We take US “aid” for psychological reasons-if we have an allowance, that means we have a father.
ZIM Piraeus isn’t Israeli-owned or flagged, incidentally, it is Greek operated.
And why would the U.S. align itself on these issues with Turkey and Qatar, longtime advocates of Hamas’s interests?
Hamas has coupled its ideological intolerance of the existence of Israel with numerous terrorist attacks and rocket launchings.
Since nothing is static in warfare, the lesson is clear: Iron Dome must be continuously improved to stay ahead of developments in any rocket technology Hamas and Israel’s other enemies might get their hands on.
The IDF pounding continued and it again seemed only a matter of time before Hamas would be forced to accept the Egyptian proposal.
Almost as one, Jews around the world are acknowledging the day-to-day peril facing ordinary Jews in Israel and the extraordinary service of the IDF in protecting them.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/erdogans-latest-outrage/2013/03/06/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: