Latest News Syria: ‘No Prizes for Erdogan’


‘Netanyahu blasts Erdogan for ‘dark and slanderous’ remarks on Zionism’

The Turkish prime minister on Wednesday described Zionism as a ‘crime against humanity’ on par with anti-Semitism and fascism…

February 28, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comparison of Zionism to Nazism, calling it a “dark and slanderous remark, the likes of which we thought had passed from the world.”

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement regarding Erdogan’s “hollow” remarks as well, charging that they “stem from ignorance.”

Erdogan on Wednesday described Zionism as a “crime against humanity” on par with anti-Semitism and fascism.

Speaking in Vienna at a United Nations event devoted to dialogue between the West and Islam, Erdogan decried rising racism in Europe and the fact that many Muslims “who live in countries other than their own” often face harsh discrimination.

“We should be striving to better understand the culture and beliefs of others, but instead we see that people act based on prejudice and exclude others and despise them,” Erdogan said, according to a simultaneous translation provided by the UN. “And that is why it is necessary that we must consider — just like Zionism or anti-Semitism or fascism — Islamophobia as a crime against humanity.”

The Turkish leader’s comments, made at the official opening of the fifth UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum, drew harsh criticism from UN Watch, a Geneva-based watchdog group monitoring anti-Israel bias and human rights abuses at the organization.

“Erdogan’s misuse of this global podium to incite hatred, and his resort to Ahmadinejad-style pronouncements appealing to the lowest common denominator in the Muslim world, will only strengthen the belief that his government is hewing to a confrontational stance, and fundamentally unwilling to end its four-year-old feud with Israel,” UN Watch said in a statement.

Erdogan was also criticized by the Anti-Defamation League and B’nai B’rith International.

“We are appalled and horrified by Mr. Erdogan’s linkage of Zionism and anti-Semitism at a conference devoted, ironically enough, to improving understanding of other cultures,” said the ADL’s national director Abraham Foxman. B’nai B’rith strongly condemned “Erdogan’s effort to revive inflammatory language, by equating Zionism with racism.”



‘No Prizes for Erdogan’

July 27, 2011,

Erdogan reacted to the Mavi Marmara incident with enraged indignation. He demanded that Israel apologize for its commandos’ actions and pay compensation to the families of the dead. He also demanded an international inquiry into Israel’s actions.

Honor is probably not Erdogan’s main rationale for pursing his demand for an Israeli apology. Since he was reelected to serve a third term as prime minister last month Erdogan has been openly seeking to establish a neo-Ottoman Turkish hegemonic position in the Arab world.

To this end he has been actively interfering in the popular revolt against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. The IHH has been hosting Syrian opposition leaders in Turkey. Erdogan’s clear aim is to replace Iran as Syria’s overlord in a post-Assad Syria.

An Israeli apology would serve as proof that his double game of remaining a NATO member and carrying out aggression against Israel is the winning formula. If Israel apologizes for defending itself against Turkish aggression, Erdogan will have succeeded where the Arabs have failed.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and senior IDF officers reportedly argue in favor of an apology, claiming the strategic alliance with Turkey is so important that Israel must be willing to swallow its pride in order to rebuild it. This argument has apparently won over Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor. It has also caused Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to temper his honor-based rejection of the Turkish demand.

The problem with this argument is that it fails to take address Erdogan’s second, and more strategically significant motivation of using Israeli humiliation to strengthen his image as a pan-Islamic leader.

Given the true stakes involved, Israel must stick to its guns and say no apology, no compensation, and no political prize for Erdogan.


Originally published in The Jewish Press.


About kruitvat

I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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3 Responses to Latest News Syria: ‘No Prizes for Erdogan’

  1. kruitvat says:

    John Kerry to urge Turkey to patch up relations with Israel after Zionism row
    Trip could be overshadowed by row over Turkish prime minister’s comments that Zionism was a crime against humanity

    Staff and Reuters in Ankara, Friday 1 March 2013 14.35 – 3 mins ago

    The US secretary of state, John Kerry, will urge the Turkish prime minister to restore the country’s “frozen” relationship with Israel on Friday, on his first trip to a Muslim nation since taking office.

    The collapse of ties between the two countries have undermined US
    hopes that Turkey could play a role as a broker in the broader region – Washington sees Turkey as the key player in supporting Syria’s opposition and planning for the era after President Bashar al-Assad.

    But the trip could be overshadowed by a row over comments made by the Turkish prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan, earlier this week, when he described Zionism as a crime against humanity.

    Kerry is meeting Turkish leaders in talks meant to focus on Syria’s civil war and bilateral interests from energy security to counter-terrorism.

    But Erdogan’s comment at a UN meeting in Vienna this week, condemned by his Israeli counterpart, the White House and UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, has clouded his trip.

    “This was particularly offensive, frankly, to call Zionism a crime against humanity … It does have a corrosive effect [on relations],” a senior US official told reporters as Kerry flew to Ankara.

    “I am sure the secretary will be very clear about how dismayed we were to hear it,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

    “To state the obvious, it complicates our ability to do all of the things that we want to do together when we have such a profound disagreement about such an important thing.”

    Kerry is expected to urge Turkey to attempt to restore relations with Israel. “The Turkey-Israel relationship is frozen,” the US official said. “We want to see a normalization … not just for the sake of the two countries but for the sake of the region and, frankly, for the symbolism,” he said.

    “Not that long ago [you] had these two countries demonstrating that a majority Muslim country could have very positive and strong relations with the Jewish state and that was a sign for the region [of what was] possible.”

    Erdogan told the UN Alliance of Civilizations meeting in Vienna on Wednesday: “Just as with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it has become necessary to view Islamophobia as a crime against humanity.”

    The head of Europe’s main rabbinical group condemned his words as a “hateful attack” on Jews. Ties between Israel and mostly Muslim Turkey have been frosty since 2010, when Israeli marines killed nine Turks in fighting aboard a Palestinian aid ship that tried to breach Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    In recent weeks, there has been a run of reports in the Turkish and Israeli media about efforts to repair relations, including a senior diplomatic meeting last month in Rome and military equipment transfers.

    The reports have not been confirmed by either government.

    Officials said Syria would top the agenda when Kerry meets Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul, building on the discussions in Rome between 11 mostly European and Arab nations within the “Friends of Syria” group.

    After the Rome meeting, Kerry said on Thursday the United States would for the first time give non-lethal aid to the rebels and more than double support to the civilian opposition, although Western powers stopped short of pledging arms.

    “We need to continue the discussion which took place in Rome … in terms of the main goals there is no daylight between us and the Americans,” a senior Turkish official said.

    “A broad agreement was reached on supporting the opposition. Now our sides need to sit down and really flesh out what we can do to support them in order to change the balance on the ground,” he said.

    Turkey has been one of Assad’s fiercest critics, hosting a Nato Patriot missile defence system, including two US batteries, to protect against a spillover of violence and leading calls for international intervention.

    It has spent more than $600m sheltering refugees from the conflict that began almost two years ago, housing some 180,000 in camps near the border and tens of thousands more who are staying with relatives or in private accommodation.

    Washington has given $385m in humanitarian aid for Syria but US president Barack Obama has so far refused to give arms, arguing it is difficult to prevent them from falling into the hands of militants who could use them on Western targets.

    Turkey, too, has been reluctant to provide weapons, fearing direct intervention could cause the conflict to spill across its borders.

  2. kruitvat says:

    John Kerry: Supports pro-Israel laws, opposes settlements

    Obama’s nominee to succeed Clinton as secretary of state sponsored or co-sponsored several pro-Israel bills in the Senate. National Jewish Democratic Council: Like Obama Administration, he stands squarely behind Jewish state

    12.22.2012 / Israel News

    WASHINGTON – Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), who was nominated by US President Barack Obama on Friday serve as his next secretary of state, is very familiar with the Middle East and the current Israeli leadership.

    Like outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Kerry supports Israel and understands its needs, but is a staunch opposer of the settlement enterprise.

    Kerry, 69, who was the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2004 but lost to George W. Bush in a tight race, has been a senator for 27 years and is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry is a graduate of Yale University and fought in the Vietnam War. For that service, he was awarded combat medals that include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts.

    Clinton, who is still recuperating from a concussion she sustained after fainting in her home in Washington, did not attend the announcement on Kerry’s nomination at the White House. During her fours years as the US’ top diplomat, Clinton managed to conceal her differences with Obama over the approach to the Middle East peace process. The president chose to ignore Clinton’s recommendation when he publicly reproached Israel over its settlement construction.

    Obama would send Clinton to reprimand Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but she believed her presence in the region was a waste of time and let George Mitchell lead Washington’s efforts to promote an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. However, Mitchell resigned as the US’ Middle East peace envoy after two years because he failed to make any headway in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Clinton visited Israel only a few times during her tenure as secretary of state. Her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, visited the Jewish state no less than 25 times at a time when then-Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were holding direct negotiations.

    Jewish groups expressed their satisfaction with Kerry’s expected appointment as secretary of state. The National Jewish Democratic Council issued a statement saying it was ‘ecstatic’ over Obama’s choice.

    “Senator Kerry is a true statesman, and his record on the foreign policy issues of special interest to the Jewish community is exceptionally strong. He has been a leader when it comes to Israel and has made it abundantly clear that he – like the Obama Administration—stands squarely behind the Jewish state. On Iran, Senator Kerry has been a prominent voice of support for the Obama Administration’s leadership, and his commitment and knowledge on the subject are beyond question,” the Council said.

    “Senator Kerry has been an outstanding ally to the Jewish community and we fully support his nomination. We urge the Senate to confirm him as the next secretary of state without delay.”

    The Anti-Defamation League also welcomed Kerry’s nomination, calling him “a champion for civil and human rights” and an “effective advocate for Israel’s security in a dangerous region.”

    Over the past few years Kerry has sponsored or co-sponsored several bills related to Israel. These bills include affirming Israel’s right to exist and defend itself, committing the Senate to a lasting peace in the Middle East while condemning violence and terrorism and opposing the unilateral Palestinian bid in the UN. During Operation Pillar of Defense he supported a Senate resolution supporting Israel’s right to self defense.

    Meanwhile, the White House is refusing to address reports that Chuck Hagel is Obama’s preferred candidate to succeed Leon Panetta as defense secretary. The Washington Post published an editorial this week saying Hagel would not be the right choice.

    “Hagel’s stated positions on critical issues, ranging from defense spending to Iran, fall well to the left of those pursued by Mr. Obama during his first term – and place him near the fringe of the Senate that would be asked to confirm him,” the article read.

    “Hagel was similarly isolated in his views about Iran during his time in the Senate. He repeatedly voted against sanctions, opposing even those aimed at the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which at the time was orchestrating devastating bomb attacks against US troops in Iraq. Mr. Hagel argued that direct negotiations, rather than sanctions, were the best means to alter Iran’s behavior. The Obama administration offered diplomacy but has turned to tough sanctions as the only way to compel Iran to negotiate seriously,” according to the editorial.

    “Mr. Obama has said that his policy is to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and that containment is not an option. Mr. Hagel has taken a different view, writing in a 2008 book that ‘the genie of nuclear weapons is already out of the bottle, no matter what Iran does.’ The former senator from Nebraska signed on to an op-ed in The Post this September that endorsed ‘keeping all options on the table’ for stopping Iran’s nuclear program. But Mr. Hagel has elsewhere expressed strong skepticism about the use of force. We share that skepticism – but we also understand that, during the next year or two, Mr. Obama may be forced to contemplate military action if Iran refuses to negotiate or halt its uranium-enrichment program. He will need a defense secretary ready to support and effectively implement such a decision.”

    Yitzhak Benhorin,7340,L-4323008,00.html

  3. kruitvat says:

    Turkish Labor Party: JDP Government Cooperated with Israel in aggression on

    Feb 4, 2013

    ANKARA, (SANA – Syrian news agency) – Vice Chairman of Turkish Labor Party, Bulent Esinoglu, stressed on Monday that the government of the Justice and Development Party (JDP) in Turkey has cooperated with Israel in its aggression on a scientific center in Jamraya in Damascus Countryside, pointing out that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, turn a blind eye to what happened and works to mislead the public opinion.

    In an article published on Ulusal Bakis website, Esinoglu pointed out that
    the vsist of U.S. and German senators to Turkish President, Abdullah Gul,
    before the Israeli aggression on Syria and then heading to Israel indicates
    that the Turkish Government was aware of the aggression in advance.

    Meanwhile, Turkish writer, Ilker Bilek, said that Turkey and Israel are key
    players on which the US depends in the region.

    He added that Israel entered the Syrian equation through its aggression on
    the scientific research in Damascus Countryside with acknowledge of the US
    and JDP government, pointing out that this aggression is evident of the
    intention of the imperialist countries to get instant results from the


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