Turkish Prime Minister describes Israel as ‘terrorist state’ over Gaza attacks

By End the Lie

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Image credit: EgyptIndependent)

While some might find Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calling Israel a “terrorist state” over their recent attacks on Gaza somewhat shocking, it is in fact nothing new.

In March of this year, for instance, Erdoğan called Israeli strikes on Gaza an act of “state terror” while adding that the people of Turkey are obligated to “remember that Gazans are our brothers, and will always remain so.”

Yet, somewhat unsurprisingly, Erdoğan did nothing then, just as he did nothing to follow through with the promise of military escorts for flotillas attempting to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

It is, therefore, fair to assume that these statements from Erdoğan are similarly meaningless attempts to capitalize on a tragedy for his own purposes.

This type of political maneuvering is especially troubling since the numbers of dead Palestinians is now around at least 96, all in just six days, according to CBS. At least 24 civilians have been killed in less than two days, according to health officials in Gaza.

“Those who associate Islam with terrorism close their eyes in the face of mass killing of Muslims, turn their heads from the massacre of children in Gaza,” said Erdoğan at a conference of the Eurasian Islamic Council in Istanbul, Turkey.

“For this reason, I say that Israel is a terrorist state, and its acts are terrorist acts,” Erdoğan said.

This type of rhetoric from Erdoğan is also somewhat nonsensical since Israel and Turkey once maintained quite friendly ties until Operation Cast Lead (although they did not cut ties completely at that point) followed by the 2010 attack on the Turkish ship attempting to break through the Israeli blockade on Gaza. It seems that the attack on the MV Mavi Marmara, which left nine activists dead including eight Turkish nationals and one Turkish-American citizen, was the final straw, so to speak.

Keep in mind, Erdoğan has been the Turkish Prime Minister since 2003.

After a the United Nations report on the Mavi Marmara incident, which largely removed all blame from Israel, was released in September of last year, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and froze all military cooperation.

Earlier this month, Turkey began a trial of the Israeli commanders behind the attack in absentia, which Israel dismissed as a “show trial” and “political theater,” according to The Times of Israel.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is slated to travel to Gaza on Tuesday along with a group of foreign ministers from Arab League member nations, according to AFP, although no further details have been released.

Davutoğlu previously called the latest Israeli assault on Gaza a “crime against humanity,” and agreed to the visit during a meeting with Khaled Meshaal, a Hamas leader, in Cairo on Sunday.

It remains to be seen if Turkey will any take action against Israel.

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5 Responses to Turkish Prime Minister describes Israel as ‘terrorist state’ over Gaza attacks

  1. Anonymous November 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Both Turkey and Israel suck. Turkey is genocidal just like Israel. This is just theater folks they don’t give a flying fuck about Palestinians.

    Reply
  2. Anonymous November 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Erdogan is right for once.

    Reply
  3. Someone November 19, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Erdoghan = Fascist war criminal, baby killer in Kurdistan, CIA puppet, NATO lapdog.

    Reply
    • Anonymous November 20, 2012 at 2:32 AM

      yes but at least he’s speaking the truth in this one case, right??

      Reply
  4. Vitorino Batalim November 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Erdogan is a Bilderberg Zionist Nazi Fascist. So what he is sying is only to manipulate, once again, Turkish People. He is refusing the of Khurds to become independent only until the moment Zionists Nazi Fascists in ISRAHELL decide Khurdistan can become indipendent under ISRAHELL control like Kosovo. By now there aren’t yet conditions for such an independence because Syria and Iran have no governments controled by the Zionist Nazi Fascist State of ISRAHELL. Iraq yes, already. Around the world the open fight must be to defeat the Political Zionist Nazi Fascist Project t to exterminate about two thirds of the world’s non Zionist Population and enslave the rest.

    Reply

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