Turkey’s temper tantrum

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In the wake of the Palmer report which largely exonerated Israel during the Mavi Marmara flotilla fiasco, Turkey has erupted in a giant temper tantrum and in a fit of pique expelled the Israeli Ambassador.

The Turks didn’t quite get the panicked response from Israel that they might have hoped for:

Jerusalem sources were unfazed by the move, saying that Israel’s military agreements with Turkey had previously been suspended – by Israel. “Military trade with Turkey was suspended a while ago… we didn’t want to risk any weapons made in Israel falling into the wrong hands,” a diplomatic source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu continued to ramp up the rhetoric by declaring that Turkey will take Israel’s blockade of Gaza to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague.  Davutoglu sneeringly dismissed the results of the Palmer Report, even though the report was commissioned by the Secretary-General of the UN himself, presumably because the results didn’t fit in with his expectations of the usual UN Israel-bashing.

In an interview with Turkey’s state-run TRT television, Davutoglu dismissed a UN report into the raid that said Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza was a legal security measure. Davutoglu said the report – prepared by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, and former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, and presented to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon – was not endorsed by the United Nations and was therefore not binding.

“What is binding is the International Court of Justice,” Davutoglu said. “This is what we are saying: let the International Court of Justice decide.”

The minister said the UN report released Friday contradicted an earlier report on the Gaza flotilla incident which found that Israeli forces violated international law when they raided the flotilla. That report was prepared in September by three human rights experts appointed by the UN’s top human rights body.

Since we all know how the UN’s human “rights” body regards Israel, I’m sure no one is surprised that they issued a condemnation of Israel at the time.

“If Israel persists with its current position, the Arab spring will give rise to a strong Israel opposition as well as the debate on the authoritarian regimes,” he said.

Riiight. As if that isn’t happening already.  Ynet continues:

Meanwhile, a Turkish source told the Hurriyet newspaper that “the eastern Mediterranean will no longer be a place where Israeli naval forces can freely exercise their ‘bullying’ practices against civilian vessels.”

The newspaper quoted Turkish diplomats as saying that the Turkish navy will boost its activity in the eastern Mediterranean and hold reconnaissance in international waters. “A more aggressive strategy will be pursued. Israel will no longer be able to exercise its bullying practices freely,” one of the diplomats said.

The sources said that Turkish navy vessels are slated to escort aid ships to Gaza in the area between Cyprus and Israel, adding that one can expect more Turkish warships in the region. The warships are also slated to operate in the area where gas reserves were found by Cyprus. Ankara claims the area belongs to Turkey.

The paper also reported that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit the Gaza Strip in the coming weeks.

Well, I’m sure that’s all going to work out just peachy and lead to the breakout of peace all over the Middle East… Not.

Prof. Barry Rubin gives us some background details which go a long way in explaining Turkey’s motivations:

This cooling of relations is no surprise to Israeli policymakers and does not spring from either the war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip (2008-2009) or the Gaza Flotilla. (Similarly, when an Islamist regime took power in Iran no specific problem was needed to turn that country from a friend to an enemy of Israel and there was nothing Israel could do to prevent that turnaround.)

Before either event happened, Israeli officials knew that the period of close cooperation with Turkey was ending because the Turkish government was an Islamist regime hostile to Israel and to Jews generally. Now we have a Wikileaks document in which the then Israeli ambassador tells an American diplomat that the government leaders passionately loathe Israel.

It seems to be a secret mainly to the White House and most of the Western mass media that Turkey is being turned into a police state, that the regime is taking over institution after institution, and has now broken the armed forces–the last barrier to its long-term hegemony and the fundamental transformation of the country from secular republic to semi-Islamist semi-dictatorship (albeit a dictatorship capable of winning more votes than any other party).

Meanwhile, you just know that the Turks are onto a bad thing when not only the New York Times, but even the Guardian, express doubts about the wisdom of Turkey’s actions and question their motives.

The NYT:

We don’t blame Israel for wondering if Turkey is keeping this conflict going to burnish its standing in the Arab world. Turkey is risking a lot, including billions in trade with Israel and its reputation as a responsible international player. Israel certainly doesn’t need to be any more isolated than it is.

The Guardian:

After Davutoglu’s tough stand, some observers will say Ankara is indulging in a private feud, complicating its relations with a pro-Israel Washington at the very moment when it should be helping to co-ordinate a response to the events of the Arab spring. On the flip side Ankara may be able to cultivate greater sympathy with the Islamist factions now vying for power in north Africa.

Colour me gobsmacked.

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26 Responses to Turkey’s temper tantrum

  1. Ray says:

    “Fighting Israel for Dummies”
    It is unbelievable how heartless you can be about victims for peace and freedom. These people were innocent activists carrying food and water on the ship.

    • anneinpt says:

      Er, no Ray, these were most definitely not “innocent activists carrying food and water on the ship”. I’m not sure how you can write those words with a straight face.

      If you read the Palmer Report which I posted about on Friday you will see exactly what those “innocent activists” were doing. Take a look at Flotilla Facts too.

      It is unbelievable how heartless you can be about Israeli victims of Hamas terrorism, whose supporters were on board that Flotilla.

  2. Ray says:

    I can’t believe, that the children of holocaust victims have feelings and are acting the way holocaust offenders.

    • anneinpt says:

      That is the most disgusting and anti-Semitic thing to say. Yes, I’m sure you will deny being an antisemite, and some of your best friends are Jews I’m sure, but to conflate Israel’s defensive actions with the Nazis crosses every red line in the book.

      Check out the EUMC Working Definition of Anti-Semitism if you don’t understand what line you have crossed. For example:

      Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policies to that of the Nazis

      Which actions have the Israelis committed which so recall Holocaust “offenders”?”

      Supplying Gaza with hundreds of truckloads of food, water and medicines daily?
      Supplying Gaza with electricity and fuel?
      Warning Gaza residents before attacking?

      Which of those actions did the Nazis do to the Jews?

      • cba says:

        Giving Gaza residents free medical aid in Soroka Hospital and others? (Including multiple treatments to the woman burned in a kitchen fire, who returned the favour by agreeing to wear a bomb belt to explode next time she went to Soroka.)
        Giving Israeli pilots complete autonomy to abort a bombing mission if they identify civilians near the target?

        And on the other side of the coin–
        How many Jews had bombed German cafes?
        Or German buses?
        Or German coffee shops? (I guess they didn’t have pizzerias in those days)
        How many Jewish educational facilities taught their young charges that the most noble thing they could aspire to be was someone who exploded themselves among German civilians?

        Of course, to the Rays of the world, none of that counts when compared with the delightful frisson of comparing Jews to their implacable foes. And naturally, this removes any lingering guilt the Jew-haters might feel regarding the behaviour of their ideological bedfellows during the Holocaust, because they can claim, despite all facts to the contrary, that “Look, the Jews are just as bad! In fact, they’re WORSE, because they should know better!”

        How wonderful–you can be a Jew-hater and think of yourself as an “activist for peace and freedom.” No wonder Ray and his buddies are so addicted to this crap.

  3. Andrea says:

    A bit off topic apparently but I could not resist to open the link by clicking on Mr Ray name and reading comments as well. It is something sounding like Barghouti’ statement on an Israeli blog ( 972 ) and Ha’aretz – an opinion already discussed with Mrs Anne in another section of the blog.
    I have to say that same words pronounced in German- I am referring to Germans youtube commenters – sound in a sinister way but I admit it is my psychological limit. I come from a country which shared a military and ideological alliance with Nazism and I have the unenviable privilege to list in my family tree both the victims and the persecutors. Unfortunately Fascism and Nazism sound familiar to me. “ashkiNazi” is something that I would never have dreamed of saying, really.
    Mr Barghouti gives interviews from supposed to be Israeli lagers and founds Israeli who wants to listen him . Can imagine the same in Berlin or Rome 1944 ? ah – ashhkiNazi, such language does not contribute to express any kind of opinion.

    • anneinpt says:

      Thank you for your comment Andrea, and for your answer back to Ray. I also clicked on his link but could not understand much of the German beyond the headline – and that was quite enough for me.

      You said: “Unfortunately Fascism and Nazism sound familiar to me. ”

      To me too, and to all sensible people.

  4. Andrea says:

    Thank you for your kind answer Anne. I live in a country where Jews were deprived of civil and political rights in summer 1938, “mIxed” marriage were banned and reputable scientists forced to live. I will never dream about giving lessons in democracy and the way to fight Nazism to other nations. If some of Germans are now eager to fight Nazism, racism and miltary occupation – that suits me fine but they would do better to start at home.

  5. floranista says:

    At first I thought Ray’s comment was tongue-in-cheek. My next thought was “Is it random punctuation & grammar day?”.

    Sheesh.

    • anneinpt says:

      Florrie, I can forgive Ray’s grammar because he’s not English-speaking, at least from what I can tell from his IP address. But I cannot forgive his comments themselves.

      • Earl says:

        If it’s any solace, soon enough Ray and his countrymen will be yodelling… the adhan.

        /”Schadenfreude” is a German word, nein?

  6. Brian Goldfarb says:

    “The minister said the UN report released Friday contradicted an earlier report on the Gaza flotilla incident which found that Israeli forces violated international law when they raided the flotilla. That report was prepared in September by three human rights experts appointed by the UN’s top human rights body.”
    Ah, yes, that would be the UN Human Rights body (aka Human Rights Council) with members such as Syria (elected to replace Lybia – how many dead Syrians citizens is it now, Assad?), Sudan, Saudi Arabia…

    My word, that body is in danger of making the BDS mob look respectable, and that’s not exactly an easy trick to pull off.

  7. floranista says:

    I didn’t think about that, annie. OK, we give him a pass on his grammar but I can’t forgive the comments either, they are disgraceful blather.

    Of course, to the Rays of the world, none of that counts when compared with the delightful frisson of comparing Jews to their implacable foes. And naturally, this removes any lingering guilt the Jew-haters might feel regarding the behaviour of their ideological bedfellows during the Holocaust, because they can claim, despite all facts to the contrary, that “Look, the Jews are just as bad! In fact, they’re WORSE, because they should know better!”

    How wonderful–you can be a Jew-hater and think of yourself as an “activist for peace and freedom.” No wonder Ray and his buddies are so addicted to this crap.

    Yup.

  8. floranista says:

    I miss it too :-)

    Yeah, nothing like a cba slap-down…

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  10. floranista says:

    OT, annie, did you change your header? Or am I just not very observant…

    Either way, it looks great.

  11. Bryan says:

    Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

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