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An Apology To Turkey Would Distort History


If things quiet down on the Syrian border and Erdogan feels an internal or external need to once again incite against Israel, apologies – if indeed made – will be one more instrument in his arsenal of hatemongering.

Because if Israel apologizes Erdogan could then say “See, I was right to attack them continuously over the flotilla deaths.”

Israel would then find that nothing of permanence had been gained other than its unwarranted apologies – apologies to be documented until the end of time.

Manfred Gerstenfeld is chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.He has published a number of research essays on the major aspects of apologies by countries and organizations for their participation in the Holocaust.

About the Author: Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is a board member and former chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (2000-2012). He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award (2012) of the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism.


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