It is the Turkish officials who are being intransigent, in spite of the fact (or perhaps because of it) that not a single person would have died on the Mavi Marmara ship had Turkish and other activists not brutally attacked Israeli soldiers who had been dispatched to prevent the flotilla from violating the naval blockade on Gaza.
Neither the Turkish authorities nor much of the Turkish public sees it that way. Erdogan is an Islamist through and through, which is why he is planning a trip to
This is problematic for Kerry, who doesn’t want it to be so obvious that this American “ally” is growing closer by the minute to a terrorist organization. And it is a source of dismay for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is playing two hands simultaneously: portraying himself as the only legitimate leader of the Palestinian people, and trying to bury the hatchet with Hamas.
Abbas may wear a suit and tie when he’s not on a mat at the mosque, but the only reason he opposes Hamas is because it constitutes a political threat to his rule. In other respects, his Fatah organization and Hamas are of one mind when it comes to the ultimate goal of eliminating
Because Kerry has made it his mission to create a Palestinian state by the end of 2014, he is frantic about getting
This is the same Hamas that runs
This did not prevent Kerry, who enjoyed a “prolonged and constructive” discussion with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on the renewal of ties with
“I know it’s an emotional issue with some people,” he empathized. “I particularly say to the families of people who were lost in the incident that we understand these tragedies completely and we sympathize with them… I have just been through the week of
This false and vile analogy should have caused the Israeli delegation, led by National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror, to cancel Monday’s trip. But, of course, with Hagel in Jerusalem to sell Israel crucial military equipment for a potential strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities – and faced with the need for Turkish airspace in the event of such a strike — off they went to negotiate the multi-millions of dollars that Israel will be forced to pay to the perpetrators of the flotilla carnage.
Someone else who won’t be canceling a scheduled trip is Erdogan. He is planning to go to
This is why Kerry requested that he postpone his visit, for fear that it might “jeopardize” the ability to “jumpstart the peace process” between
And speaking of the Palestinians, Abbas, too, asked Erdogan not to go to
Given Kerry’s kowtowing, it is no wonder that Erdogan has no intention of honoring his request. Islamists view bowing down as a sign of weakness, and
Shame on Kerry.
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