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Back on June 10, 2005, in New York, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of Turkish diplomats who had saved Jews during World War II. Erdoğan had been elected two years earlier as head of the Islamist AKP Party, at a time when the Turkish-Israeli strategic alliance and trade relations were thriving.

Although antisemitism ran deep in the AKP and in the Turkish Islamist camp generally, Erdoğan’s words at the award ceremony sounded reassuring. “Anti-Semitism has no place in Turkey,” he said.

It is alien to our culture.

The Turkish nation has been living for centuries with the Jewish people and will continue its close and friendly relations with them in the future.… Our consistent policy towards anti-Semitic diatribes can be nothing short of zero tolerance.

Erdoğan went so far as to call antisemitism “a criminal disease of mind.”

Just a month earlier Erdoğan had visited Israel with a large group of businessmen, held talks with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, laid a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, and said Iran’s nuclear program was a threat not just to Israel but to the whole world.

Today Erdoğan is still in office, having been reelected twice. And yet, while unofficial trade relations continue, Turkish-Israeli strategic and military ties are in shambles. The small Turkish Jewish community of about 20,000 (some put the figure lower) has been subjected to terror attacks and vilification and largely lives in fear. The same ADL has denounced Erdoğan’s “vitriolic condemnation of Israel and unqualified embrace of Hamas.” Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg has called him “a semi-unhinged bigot.”

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46 weeks ago
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He is typical Islamist who speaks from both sides of his mouth. Under need
of his rhetoric lays his knifing, double dealing megalomaniac personality. Even tough he despises Israel his country's export to the gulf is depended on the port of Haifa.
The good news is Turkey under his reign find itself more isolated in the region than ever before.
46 weeks ago
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Turkey has been hurtling back into Islam with a passion. Attaturk tried to set up Turkey as a secular state. He separated mosque and state. He gave the country a new language. He outlawed the caliphate. And he put the army in charge of protecting the new governing system. However, one cannot take the Islam out of Islam nor can anti-semitism be taken out of Islam. It is a part of their DNA and is taught to them from the Koran, Hadiths and the Life of Mohammed. Turkey is just showing its Islamic fangs.
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46 weeks ago
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Erdogan is trying to position himself and Turkey as some big leader in the Muslim world. He can be expected to go with the wind on the topic of Jews/Israel or on any other topic where he looks to position himself, reportedly encouraged by his spouse.

(those burka'ed up women in the picture look like they're wrapped in black plastic)

Will your list include the vile Hezbollah leader in Lebanon, Hassan Nasrallah or the despicable "leading Islamic scholar" Yusef al Qaradawi ?

How about the beyond vile Louis Farrakhan or Jeremiah Wright or, even, Obama himself ? Granted minor players in this profoundly stupid centuries long game of demeaning an entire people.
46 weeks ago
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Erdogan's father Ahmet, a naval officer during WWII, towed the refugee ship Struma, carrying hundreds of Holocaust refugees away from Turkey, and the ship was struck by a torpedo, killing all but 2 of the passengers.. Anti-Jewish prejudice is a family tradition
46 weeks ago
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There are over 1/2 million Jews in Mexico. Sad to see that their population is down below 20,000 in Turkey where they have lived for centuries. I guess we all go where we feel appreciated.
48 weeks ago
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He's shown he can swing both ways, so to speak, so an excuse to swing to a moderate position might help. So might creating some strawmen for him to attack to keep his credibility with the hotheads.
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