It is becoming more apparent with every passing minute that peace between the Jewish State of Israel, and her increasingly Islamist neighbors, is still a distant dream. Today, Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, added more fuel to the fire by verbally attacking Israel as a “Terrorist State.”
Erdogan, a devout Muslim, has been moving the once proudly secular nation of Turkey firmly into the Islamist camp for several years. Relations between Turkey and Israel were severely damaged by the MV Mavi Marmara incident during the first Gaza Flotilla. Nine Turkish citizens with ties to militant Islamist groups were killed, when they attacked the small group of Israeli commandos attempting to board the ship. Erdogan expelled Israel’s Ambassador and ended years of military cooperation between the two nations.
During a conference of the Eurasian Islamic Council in Istanbul, the Turkish PM ignored 12 years of non-stop rocket fire on Israeli citizens by terrorists located in Gaza and overlooked dozens of suicide bombing attacks on Jewish civilians around the world, to condemn Israel for defending itself against 63 years of Islamist terror. Making no mention of the fact that Hamas has a charter calling for the extermination of every Jew on the earth, Erdogan lambasted Israel.
“Those who associate Islam with terrorism close their eyes in the face of mass killing of Muslims, turn their heads from the massacre of children in Gaza. For this reason, I say that Israel is a terrorist state, and its acts are terrorist acts.”
The Turkish Prime Minister willfully overlooks the review of the Flotilla incident by the UN that largely exonerated Israel and upheld the Jewish State’s right to maintain the blockade of Gaza. Israel enforces the blockade to prevent the influx of weapons of war that are used by terrorists to kill Jewish civilians
Prime Minister Erdogan demanded that Israel apologize to Turkey, remove the blockade and pay compensation to the families of the nine Turkish citizens killed attacking the Israeli commandos. Turkey indicted Israeli military officers in absentia for murder on the MV Mavi Marmara, placing Israel in an impossible diplomatic situation.
Erdogan is attempting to making his reputation as a great Islamic leader at the expense of peace. His angry rhetoric only serves to increase the possibility of an all-out war in the Middle East that will kill thousands and may even drag the world into a nuclear confrontation.
The word’s of the Turkish Prime Minister take us back to the dismal days of King Saud of Saudi Arabia, speaking from the comfort of his palace, when he made this insane statement to the New Youk Times in 1954.
“We Arabs total about 50,000,000. Why don’t we sacrifice 10,000,000 of our number (to wipe out Israel) to live in pride and self-respect?”