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Erdogan pounced. He raced home from a Latin American junket to issue a firebreathing public condemnation. “Israel cannot clean the blood off its hands through any excuse,” he railed. “It is no longer possible to cover up or ignore Israel’s lawlessness. This bloody massacre by Israel on ships that were taking humanitarian aid to Gaza deserves every kind of curse.” The flotilla incident, he added was a “turning point.” The Israelis “once again showed their ability to perpetrate slaughters,” and should “absolutely be punished by all means.”

For his part, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi (the hugely influential Muslim Brotherhood sharia jurist and IHH patron discussed in Part I) inveighed against the “barbaric and unexpected crime” in which “the Zionist gang … attack[ed] activists and volunteers on board a defenseless ship.” He hailed the “great Turkish stand” in defense of the Palestinian cause, a brand of heroism, he said, that put Arab countries to shame by comparison. The sheikh later issued a statement, co-signed by Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood leader Rashid Ghannouchi and several other prominent Brotherhood figures, urging individual Muslims and Islamic countries to show their appreciation to Turkey by favoring it with tourism and trade.[5]

Hamas’s Sugar-Daddy: It’s Just Politics, Not Terrorism

Upon their return to Turkey, the IHH flotilla jihadists were received as heroes by the Erdogan government. Their plane was personally met by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, and the wounded “humanitarians” were subsequently visited by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and by Erdogan himself – with photos of Erdogan being embraced and kissed circulated throughout the Islamic media.

The prime minister was just getting started. He threatened future Gaza flotillas that would be accompanied by the Turkish navy, raising the specter of firefight on the high seas between Jerusalem and Ankara’s formerly allied naval forces, to say nothing of a broader regional war.

In championing Hamas’s case to the U.N. panel that probed the Mavi Marmara raid, Erdogan’s government insisted that the ship’s passengers were mere humanitarian activists illegally confronted in neutral, international waters by an Israeli government seeking to vindicate an illegal blockade of sovereign Gaza. This was a remarkable argument in light of Turkey’s own aggression in Cyprus.

As Daniel Pipes points out, since invading Cyprus and terrorizing Greek Cypriots in the mid-Seventies, Turkey has effectively annexed the northern third of the country – occupying it with 30,000 troops and purporting to establish the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (which no country other than Turkey recognizes). It has walled the occupied territory off from the rest of Cyprus, even as it condemns Israel’s sealing of the Gaza border. While dismissing Israel’s right to act in international waters to protect its own citizens and coastline from guaranteed terrorist attack, Turkey has threatened to use its own navy against Cyprus if it attempts to conduct oil exploration in international waters – especially if the drilling is in cooperation with Israel.

As noted in Part I, the U.N. panel rejected Turkey’s contention that Israel’s blockade violates international law, citing the well-known Hamas terrorist threat. Erdogan reacted bitterly. To the cheers of Islamic supremacists across the globe, the AKP government conclusively ended all military ties to Israel. On the two-year anniversary of the flotilla incident, the regime’s prosecutors filed an indictment against four Israelis commanders involved in the raid, seeking multiple life sentences – ranging from 8,000 to 18,000 years’ of imprisonment – based on the discredited theory, popular in Islamist circles, that Israel has no right of self-defense. [ACM note: Reportedly, these preposterous were to be dropped in exchange for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s apology but, having secured the apology, there are now indications that Erdogan may renege on the dropping of charges.]

In 2011, moreover, Erdogan, made a startling pronouncement on Charlie Rose’s PBS program: “Let me give you a very clear message. I don’t see Hamas as a terror organization. Hamas is a political party. And it is an organization. It is a resistance movement trying to protect its country under occupation. So we should not mix terrorist organizations with such an organization.” Erdogan has since hosted Hamas’s leaders – both Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Meshaal, on separate occasions – in Ankara. And in late 2011, a website belonging to Sheikh Qaradawi’s terrorist organization, the Union for Good, was ecstatic to announce the news that Erdogan had directed his finance ministry to donate $300 million to the government of Gaza. That is to say, Turkey is now bankrolling Hamas. Erdogan has taken his country from NATO ally to terror sponsor. [ACM: Immediately after Netanyahu’s apology, Erdogan called Hamas’s leaders in Gaza to brief them. Hamas instantly issued a statement congratulating Erdogan on bending Netanyahu into apologizing. Meanwhile, IHH leader Yildirim, after lauding Erdogan’s success in eliciting Netanyahu’s apology, promised that "the struggle will continue until the blockade is lifted."]


[2] Merley, Turkey, the Global Muslim Brotherhood, and the Gaza Flotilla  pp. 10, 20, 37.

[3] The boat was sold to IHH by a company called IDO (Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri – the Istanbul Sea Bus Company), which is owned by the Istanbul City Municipality Transportation Corporation, for 1.8 million Turkish lira (about $1.15 million). The Turkish newspaper Aydnik reported that IDO insisted on selling the boat at a loss. According to the Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, a computer file later recovered from the boat discussed the IHH purchase of the Mavi Marmara from IDO.

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As an Israeli, I feel so, so sick. Turkey committed an act of war against us, our boy was only saved by a miracle, and not only did we let them go, but we APOLOGIZED? Who's running the country, Meretz? Balad?

And the if US as actually our ally, they would throw Turkey out of NATO.
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Shame on Bibi for grovelling to these islamic nazis.
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I notice that links are not opening on my first attempt below...will try again...please forgive my dinosaurish ability with this stuff...

Excellent analysis.

I've done extensive doctoral studies in this area myself. Please see this earlier analysis showcased by the KRG itself in Iraq re the Turks

http://www.krg.org/a/d.aspx?r=77&l=12&a=6589&smap&s=010000

and this other one which also focuses on the hypocrisy of the Turks

http://www.geraldahonigman.com/blog/2010/06/16/the-pkk-hamas-a-tale-of-two-terror-camps/
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Excellent analysis.

I've done extensive doctoral studies in this area myself. Please see this earlier analysis showcased by the KRG itself in Iraq re the Turks http://www.krg.org/a/d.aspx?r=77&l=12&a=6589&smap&s=010000 and this other one which also focuses on the hypocrisy of the Turks http://www.geraldahonigman.com/blog/2010/06/16/the-pkk-hamas-a-tale-of-two-terror-camps/
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Hmm, Israel's government initiates the apology, the ADL, hardly a lefty organization, supports the rapprochement between Israel and Turkey. Yet non-Jews in the US blame Obama, Netanyahu is now Obama's lapdog? Hardly. Israel needs normal relations with Turkey and this how to achieve it. Let's all stop hyperventilating about this, we have more serious issues.
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And now Erdogan is being an arrogant muzlim, true to form. He is saying Israel's apology is not sufficient to repair relations. As an American I am ashamed of the fact Turkey, that has not backed us or NATO, has NOT been removed from NATO. Since they will not fight against Muslim enemies of NATO why the hell are they still there? Their 2003 refusal of our troops deploying from OUR base in Turkey was the death of their Western inclusion. The Russians would love them.
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If the U.N report is being used to support Israel's actions then their other findings need to be addressed. They found,

The flotilla was a non-governmental endeavour, involving vessels and
participants from a number of countries
The incident and its outcomes were not intended by either Turkey or Israel.
Both States took steps in an attempt to ensure that events did not occur in a
manner that endangered individuals’ lives and international peace and
security.
Israel’s decision to board the vessels with such substantial force at a great
distance from the blockade zone and with no final warning immediately prior
to the boarding was excessive and unreasonable:
The loss of life and injuries resulting from the use of force by Israeli forces
during the take-over of the Mavi Marmara was unacceptable. Nine
passengers were killed and many others seriously wounded by Israeli forces.
No satisfactory explanation has been provided to the Panel by Israel for any

of the nine deaths. Forensic evidence showing that most of the deceased were
shot multiple times, including in the back, or at close range has not been
adequately accounted for in the material presented by Israel.
There was significant mistreatment of passengers by Israeli authorities after
the take-over of the vessels had been completed through until their
deportation. This included physical mistreatment, harassment and
intimidation, unjustified confiscation of belongings and the denial of timely
consular assistance.
Part of the recommendations are,
An appropriate statement of regret should be made by Israel in respect of the
incident in light of its consequences.
Israel should offer payment for the benefit of the deceased and injured victims
and their families, to be administered by the two governments through a joint
trust fund of a sufficient amount to be decided by them
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such substantial force yeah paint ball guns----------
men with hands on ropes don't shoot first-
the UN has NO credibility where anything with ISRAEL is concerned- the above article if you read it proves TURKISH GOVT approved this provocation to WAR
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The author here is quoting from the same U.N report and is cheery picking
it's findings
If the claim is that the U.N has no credibility ,then you have to ignore a big chunk of this article.Then ask the author why he is using the U.N report as a source.

An armed commando raid in the dead of night in international waters is substantial force.
There wasn't any guns on the Mavi Marmara the IDF shot some four times in the head and in the back.
In light of the Israeli investigation into the incident, which pointed out several operational errors, Prime Minister Netanyahu apologised to the Turkish people for any errors that could have led to loss of life and agreed to complete the agreement on compensation.

You can still support Israel ,but they even admit this was botched operation
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US should have arrested the terrorists aboard on return to USA, like Cynthia McKinney and the other radical jewhaters -Israel apologize? for what? doing the right thing? always in spite of being provoked? Isarel should have legally torpedoed them out the water- instead continued transfer of goods to the Hamas enemies- we are living in backwards world-

wonder what arm twist Zero used on Bibi to extract that bit of "diplomacy"- threaten to take $ from Iron Dome- promise to prop up Abdullah with CASH money in exchange for Jordan not going MB?

Just when I think I cannot hate and despise a person more than OBumbler, he doubles down and tops himself.... so disgusting to think he is the prez of my nation and that half the people LIKE it this way
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As an Israeli, I feel so, so sick. Turkey committed an act of war against us, our boy was only saved by a miracle, and not only did we let them go, but we APOLOGIZED? Who's running the country, Meretz? Balad?

And the if US as actually our ally, they would throw Turkey out of NATO.
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Agree with you 100% And my Israeli apology would have went something like, "We're very sorry you were so stupid as to attack us on our coast."
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Seracettin Karayagiz, an AKP parliamentarian, exclaimed, “The Israeli weapons cannot be more powerful than human determination. Israel kills a thousand people, and after that they stand up and claim there is Islamic terrorism. We can’t accept that.”

Are all these Islamist types complete morons ? I sincerely doubt they could be as stupid as they sound, to believe their own tripe.

Don't al-Qaradawi (a foul individual whose pronouncements on Jews are even more foul than he is) and the (apparently weak and confused) Erdogan have anything better to do than concoct clearly phony humanitarian missions, attempting to stir up anti-Israel sentiment ?

It reads like a very bad TV script.
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No, they do believe these things. That is the problem. Like I always say, it isn't Islam, it isn't hate, it's people believing things that aren't so.

And the Western media backs them up.
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Many of the foot soldiers believe the Islamist crapola, certainly the ones who've bought into the glories of martyrdom.

But the leaders ? secular and religious, Nasrallah (Hezbollah), al-Qaradawi, Morsi in Egypt (I feel the crackdown coming), Khamenei and his puppet A'jad, the Hamas guys...?

I have a hard time believing that they believe this crap.

Notice they're usually chickens, hiding behind the scenes (or the politics), enlisting the stupid to do the dirty deeds.

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The west is fighting a war against savages who want to take the world back to the seventh century. They are being aided by the lap dog media and unfortunately our current Emperor of North America and his Regime.
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