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Trouble in Turkey
Erdogan: Israel Worse Than Hitler

Israeli-Turkish relations took a turn for the worse on Friday as Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s Prime Minister, said that Israel was showing “barbarism that surpasses Hitler” during its invasion of Gaza. The Times of Israel reports:

Erdogan made the comment during a campaign speech Saturday in the Black Sea port city of Ordu. He is running for the presidency in elections next month.

He has been speaking out strongly against Israel during its offensive against Hamas in Gaza, which has killed more than 300 Palestinians. Hamas has fired some 1,500 rockets at Israel and carried out a series of terrorist infiltrations via tunnels and from the sea in recent days.
Erdogan accuses Israel of using disproportionate force and has said the operation there has derailed efforts to normalize Turkish-Israeli ties. Those soured after Israel’s 2010 raid on a ship seeking to breach Israel’s security blockade on Hamas-run Gaza which killed eight Turks and a Turkish-American.

In addition, Erdogan accused Israel of committing a “systematic genocide” against the Palestinians. Also on Friday, a violent protest nearly overwhelmed the Israeli Embassy in Ankara. The Israelis allege the Turkish police neglected their duties to safeguard the location. As a result of both events, Israel has withdrawn its non-essential diplomatic personnel from Turkey.

While the fallout of the 2010 Mari Marmara ship raid has never fully dissipated, there had until recently been reason for hope: Kurdistan. The Kurds need a buyer for their oil, which they ship through Turkey, and Israel, as the Kurdish media reports, is one of the few nations that does not care about complaints from the Iraqi central government. An incipient alliance between the three nations even seemed possible. Now, things may be getting ugly again.

There is still one last cause for hope. Trade between Israel and Turkey is breaking all records, despite diplomatic disputes. Perhaps, not for the first time, trade will carry the two nations past an ugly incident.

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  • cubanbob

    Its time for the Turks to quite Kurdistan. They should practice what they preach.

  • Alexander Scipio

    Interesting in that Turkey supported the Axis in WW2, don’t ya think? Yeah – they were officially neutral.. so was the US when we were supplying arms to Britain….

    Ya think Erdogan doesn’t know Turkey’s history….. or that he knows the West does not?

  • Pete

    Well, I wonder what the head Turk would call what they did to the Armenians.

    • gabrielsyme

      I believe the accepted description in Turkey these days is “a friendly spat”. Anything more gets you five to ten for “insulting Turkishness”.

  • gabrielsyme

    Erdogan accused Israel of committing a “systematic genocide” against the Palestinians.

    Well, the Turks do know their genocide.

  • Breif2

    Israel is fighting against Hamas, right? Is that the Hamas whose Covenant quotes the Koran as follows: “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him”?

    By the way:

    ~100,000: Number of Arabs killed by Israel since 1948. A majority of them weren’t Palestinian Arabs, but rather Arabs from the armies of surrounding Arab states during their large-scale invasions of Israel.
    ~35,000: Number of Kurds killed by Turkey 1984-2008
    ~1,500,000: Armenian genocide misunderstanding.

    • Breif2

      Following up:

      Number of Jews in Europe before the Holocaust: ~9 million
      After: ~3 million.

      Number of Palestinian Arabs in the “occupied territories” at the start of the Brutal Israeli Genocide in 1967: ~1 million
      Today: ~4.5 million (UN)

  • Dan


    You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

  • FriendlyGoat

    I forget who said if first, but this question applies to so many situations and people—now Erdogan too:

    “Are you trying to be offensive, or are you just stupid?”

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    I don’t here anything from Erdogan about the Sunni persecution of Christians in Mosul.

  • Bruce

    These people trout out the “G” (genocide) word the way the libbies in the U.S. trot out the “R” (racist) word. After a while, nobody pays attention.

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