Erdogan's Hissy Fit and Withdrawal of Turkish Ambassador from D.C. Show Embassy Move the Right One
It is not a wise man (or nation) who bases policy decisions on how others will react to them. Taking the reactions into consideration or preparing for fallout are smart moves, but policy must be decided on the basis of the interest and benefit, not unpopularity or hate.
That's a tough concept for some, which is why you see ignorance like trying to blame the United States for Iran hating Israel after the Iran deal announcement.
That kind of reaction is abundant today, too, following President Trump's carrying through on his promise to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is the capital city of Israel, no matter how much some try to say otherwise. It's a weird coincidence that blaming the victim comes up so frequently on the left when the Jewish state is involved, don't you think? Odd, that. Curious.
There has been negative reaction, of course. That's an understatement. Doing the right thing often has dangerous consequences. You should do it anyway. We did. The president's move was itself an end, and it stands as a positive one without regard to the inflamed terrorists and terror-kin or the media keen to enable them.
In fact, some of that negative reaction only serves to prove how right this move was.
Turkey, for example, is withdrawing its ambassador from D.C. back to Ankara in protest of the embassy move.
Turkey's turn away from the West and toward the Middle East in posture, not to mention religious fervor, is hardly breaking news. Erdoğan and the Islamist AK Parti have taken the one-time economic and even military partner of Israel down the sinister path on which they remain, in support of anti-Israel forces and sentiment. The withdrawal of the ambassador not only is no surprise, it's practically an endorsement.
It wasn't their only move, though. Following the violence that broke out in Gaza, Erdoğan went on Turkish TV and had a meltdown.
“Israel is wreaking state terror. Israel is a terror state,” Erdoğan told Turkish students in London in a speech broadcast by state television. “What Israel has done is a genocide. I condemn this humanitarian drama, the genocide, from whichever side it comes, Israel or America
“We will continue to stand with Palestinian people with determination,” he added.
Like Erdoğan, the American press is generally treating the news of violence in Gaza the way they always treat news of violence perpetrated against Israel: by blaming Israel. And, of course, the United States.
It would be easy to say they simply want to oppose Trump, but that would grossly understate the degree to which blaming Israel is the first—and often only—reaction of Western media.
The "peaceful" protests that took place in Gaza over the embassy move included people with weapons cutting through the fences. Border checkpoints, where violence is nearly routine and Israeli soldiers face constant threat, were besieged. Molotov cocktails were used. No Israeli soldiers were killed, but hundreds of Palestinians were injured and perhaps a dozen or more killed (52 according to Gaza’s ministry of health).