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Tyrkiets dance macabre

Den største svinestreg i nyere tid er denne: IHH-folkene bag den palæstinensiske  flotilla har via bla. Facebook og Twitter lavet og offentliggjort en liste med navne på israelske soldater, der deltog i den operation, der stoppede aktivisterne – med billede og det hele:

Turkey: IHH draws up list of IDF soldiers linked to Gaza flotilla raid

Speaking to the Today’s Zaman daily, Turkish prosecutor denies list was result of an official investigation; directory includes 174 names identified using Facebook, Twitter accounts.

September 26, 2011

A Turkish public prosecutor said Monday that the Turkish IHH organization drew up a list – reportedly found through Facebook – of Israeli soldiers who were involved in the 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported on Monday.

Istanbul Deputy Public Prosecutor Ates Hasan Sozen denied reports that the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office asked the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) to identify the soldiers and prepare the list.

Mere HER hos Haaretz. Ynetnews skriver, at tyrkeres liste er fuld af fejl:

Turkish list of flotilla soldiers a sham?

September 27, 2011

Reports in Turkish media claimed IHH compiled list of 174 soldiers, security officials who took part in raid on Gaza-bound ship, but closer glance reveals that names were recycled from previous lists, belong to soldiers who already completed military service during 2010 naval operation

Mere HER hos Ynetnews. Dagen før skrev Ynetnews, at Tyrkiet havde brugt efterretningsagenter for at få fabrikeret listen.

Erdogan opfører sig som en elefant i en porcelænsbutik. Hvis manden ser sig selv som kommende kalif, må det have været lidt af en bet, at alle arabiske statsledere i sidste uge udeblev fra Erdogans tale i det ellers stærkt islamiserede FN. En journalist fra det tyrkiske dagblad, Hurriyet Daily News, var til stede under talen og skriver skuffet:

In the end I understood that I was looking for Abbas and other Arab leaders in vain.

Optakten til talen var præget af vold, skriver Jyllands-Posten. Erdogans sikkerhedsvager gav sig til at slås med FNs vagter på hele to etager. Manden benyttede sit besøg i New York til at træde yderligere i spinaten:

Israeli PM slams ‘outrageous’ Erdogan remarks

September 26, 2011

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday described as “outrageous” remarks by Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he claimed Israel had killed “hundreds of thousands” of Palestinians.

In an interview with the English-language Jerusalem Post, excerpts of which were published on Monday, the Israeli prime minister expressed anger over comments made by Erdogan in an weekend interview with US cable network CNN.

In the interview, footage of which is available on CNN’s website, Erdogan said there were no accurate statistics about the number of Israelis killed in the conflict, suggesting up to “200” while he said “hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were killed.”

Mere HER hos AFP hos Google Hosted. Tyrkerne har efterfølgende hævdet, at CNN oversatte Erdogan forkert, fortæller The Jerusalem Post:

Erdgoan said hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed by the Israelis, not hundreds of thousands

Seriøse kritikere er bekymrede over Tyrkiets kurs. Først Daniel Pipes, hvis artikel delvis findes på dansk her. Den engelske version er komplet:

Is Turkey Going Rogue?

by Daniel Pipes – September 27, 2011

In a Middle East wracked by coups d’état and civil insurrections, the Republic of Turkey credibly offers itself as a model thanks to its impressive economic growth, democratic system, political control of the military, and secular order.

But, in reality, Turkey may be, along with Iran, the most dangerous state of the region. Count the reasons:

Islamists without brakes: When four out of five of the Turkish chiefs of staff abruptly resigned on July 29, 2011, they signaled the effective end of the republic founded in 1923 by Kemal Atatürk. A second republic headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Islamist colleagues of the AK Party began that day. The military safely under their control, AKP ideologues can now pursue their ambitions to create an Islamic order.

Mere HER hos Daniel Pipes. Kan også læses her hos National Review Online. AINA her. The Washington Times her. National Post her.

Tyrkiet spiller åbenbart dobbeltspil hvad Syrien angår. AFP har en interessant artikel om Tyrkiet, Syrien, Det Muslimske Broderskab, Erdogan og taqiyya:

Turkey ‘offered Syria support’ if Islamists given posts

September 29, 2011

Ankara asked Damascus to offer the Muslim Brotherhood government posts in exchange for Turkey’s support in ending rallies in Syria, an offer rejected by Bashar al-Assad, officials and diplomats said.

The plan, which would have required that at least a quarter of ministerial positions went to the currently banned organisation, was initially mooted over the summer.

“In June, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered, if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ensured between a quarter and a third of ministers in his government were members of the Muslim Brotherhood, to make a commitment to use all his influence to end the rebellion,” a Western diplomat told AFP.

“The head of the Syrian state refused such a proposal,” said the diplomat, who did not want to be named.

Mere HER hos AFP via Yahoo News. Tyrkiet benægter alt, skriver Asharq Alawsat.

Dernæst Michael Rubin:

The Trouble With Turkey A nation that once aspired to be European now curries favor among Islamists

By Michael Rubin | October 3, 2011

“We stand together on the major issues that divide the world,” Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower declared in Ankara while preparing to depart Turkey, on a cold and windy day in December 1959. “And I can see no reason whatsoever that we shouldn’t be two of the sturdiest partners standing together always for freedom, security, and the pursuit of peace.”

It took almost a half century, but Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, has succeeded in ending that partnership. Certainly Turkey no longer stands for freedom. Like his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Erdogan roughs up and imprisons those who challenge him. In 2002, the year before Erdogan became prime minister, Turkey ranked 99th in the world in press freedom out of 139 nations rated by Reporters Without Borders. By 2010, it ranked 138th out of 178, barely nosing out Russia and finishing below even Zimbabwe. Nor can American officials any longer say that America’s relationship with Turkey bolsters national security. Just one year ago, the Turkish air force held secret war games with its Chinese counterparts without first informing the Pentagon. Erdogan has also deferred final approval of a new NATO anti-missile warning system. Meanwhile, Hakan Fidan, Turkey’s new intelligence chief, makes little secret of his preference for Tehran over Washington.

Mere HER hos AEI. Der er mere kritik hos Hudson New York:

Turkey: Erdogan’s New “Secular” Islamism

by Anna Mahjar-Barducci – September 28, 2011

During a recent meeting in Cairo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that secularism does not mean giving up religion, and called on Egyptians to adopt a secular constitution. “Do not be wary of secularism. I hope there will be a secular state in Egypt,” Erdogan said. Immediately, from Cairo to Saudi Arabia, there was a shocked reaction.

Secular circles had long ago expressed their concern that the AKP-led government in Turkey wanted to change the secular nature of the Turkish Republic. With Erdogan’s new, “revised” definitions of language, they may well be right.

The Saudi-owned paper Asharq Al-Awsat wrote that the Muslim Brotherhood had portrayed Erdogan as a “Muslim Caliph mounted upon his horse, commanding Muslim armies all across the world,” and had thought to hear some support for their dream of having Islamic Sharia Law as the only source of legislation. Instead, Erdogan trashed their hopes. “Picture this” wrote Asharq Al-Awsat: “a moment of utter silence where the cheers died down and eyes were wide open, only to be broken by a well-known, ‘moderate’ Brotherhood voice, namely Essam el-Eryan, who said: ‘We thank Erdogan and love Turkey, but he should not interfere in Egypt’s affairs. Secularism is not a solution for us. Turkey is free to adopt its own choice. The power of the Islamic civilization lies in its diversity’…among other loaded phrases.”

Mere HER hos Hudson New York. Også Anders Fogh Rasmussen er urolig:

Turkey’s Rifts With 2 Nations Worry a Top NATO Official

By Steven Erlanger and Stephen Castle – September 30, 2011

NATO’s secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, expressed disquiet on Friday about tensions over natural gas exploration in the Mediterranean between a newly assertive Turkey and Cyprus, as well as Turkey’s strained relations with Israel, saying that they were both “a matter of concern.”

Mr. Rasmussen said he did not foresee the tension turning into conflict in the Mediterranean, and he praised Turkey as an indispensable member of NATO that could be “a bridge” between the West and the Arab countries now engaged in revolts.

Mere HER i The New York Times. Fogh Rasmussen har god grund til uro. Præsident Obama konkurrerer med Erdogan om titlen som årets torsk. Rubin igen:

Why is Obama Rewarding Turkey with Attack Helicopters?

Michael Rubin – Oktober 2, 2011

If Obama were a poker player holding a full house, he’d fold to let the guy across the table with a pair of twos feel like a winner. Not even Jimmy Carter​ was so adverse to squandering leverage when dealing with friends and foes.

Mere HER i Commentary Magazine.

Time Magazine bragte et interview med Erdogan i den forgangne uge. Her har man ikke fattet en islamisk bønne af, hvad der foregår:

Exclusive: TIME Meets Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by Ishaan Tharoor – September 26, 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the international statesman of the moment. Greeted as a rock star in Egypt and other countries transformed by the Arab Spring, the Turkish Premier looms like a colossus over the Middle East. In recent weeks, he has been one of the most vocal world leaders to back the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations. Popular at home, Erdogan has held his position since 2003, and was recently re-elected to a new term. All the while, both Turkey’s economy and geopolitical footprint have been growing noticeably. Erdogan sat down with TIME’s Jim Frederick, Bobby Ghosh, Tony Karon, Matt McAllester and Ishaan Tharoor on the sidelines of U.N. meetings in New York City. The following are excerpts from the conversation, touching upon Turkey’s deteriorating relationship with Israel, the failures of the Middle East peace process, Erdogan’s support for the Arab Spring and frustrations with the U.N., and whether anybody in Ankara still cares about joining the E.U.

Mere HER i Time Magazine. Michael Rubin har en fin kritik af interviewet i The American:

Andre kilder: Standpoint Magazine, Pajamas Media, Pajamas MediaThe American, The New York Times, BloombergEkathimeriniAFPAEI, Hudson New York, Hudson New York, Hurriyet Daily NewsHurriyet Daily News, Time Magazine,

Video, audio & artikler: Konflikt mellem Israel og Tyrkiet

Jeg har brugt en hulens masse tid på at læse om konflikten mellem Tyrkiet og Israel. Og noget af det bedste tog jeg fra til bloggen. Men først et nyt interview med Tyrkiets præsident, Abdullah Gül:

“Turkey is No Longer a Friend of Israel” Says President of Turkey

Det, man siger, er man selv? Erdogan er en dårlig taber. Det var Tyrkiet, der handlede i strid med international lov, fordi de ikke stoppede den “flotilla”:

Turkish PM declares freeze on Israel ties

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces a total freeze on military and trade ties with Israel and threatens to visit Gaza as the one-time allies’ diplomatic spat intensifies

Desuden audio fra NPR – Talk of the Nation den 13. september 2011. Man kan følge med i en komplet udskrift her:

Israel Feeling Increasingly Isolated From Allies

Audio Headset Black 50Israeli diplomats have fled Egypt after an attack on their embassy in Cairo and were forced to leave Turkey after a diplomatic row. As Israel appears to lose its Muslim allies, many worry about possible repercussions on the peace process, Israel’s security and the U.S. role in the region.

Joel Greenberg, Jerusalem correspondent, Washington Post
Akiva Eldar, chief political columnist, Ha’aretz
Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations

Neal Conan

Startes HER eller her – åbner Windows Media Player. Varighed ½ time. Og til artiklerne:

UN Report on Flotilla Incident Exonerates Israel

Sep 3, 2011 • By Elliott Abrams

The United Nations report on the Mavi Marmara incident, entitled “Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla Incident,” is now public and largely exculpates Israel.  All the facts are as Israel contended and as the Commission notes “Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza. The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure” and “Israeli Defense Forces personnel faced significant, organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers when they boarded the Mavi Marmara requiring them to use force for their own protection. Three soldiers were captured, mistreated, and placed at risk by those passengers. Several others were wounded.”

The Commission makes the judgment that the use of force by the Israelis was “excessive and unreasonable,” but the real verdict is evident in the way the Israeli and Turkish governments have reacted.  Israel has accepted the report and its findings of fact while of course disagreeing with that judgment about its soldiers; Turkey has rejected the report entirely.

First, the panel challenges the motives of the flotilla:

Mere HER i The Weekly Standard.

Turkey’s economic lie

Turkey no economic powerhouse, Erdogan’s credit bubble will soon explode

Guy Bechor – September 15, 2011

Some refer to him as “the Middle East’s new sultan in a neo-Ottoman empire” – yet the truth about Erdogan’s kingdom is utterly different. We are not facing an economic power, but rather, a state whose credit bubble will be bursting any moment now and bringing down its economy.

The budget deficit of the collapsing Greece compared to its GDP stands at some 10%, and the world is alarmed. At the same time, Turkey’s deficit is at 9.5%, yet some members of the financial media describe the Turkish economy as a success story (for comparison’s sake, Israel’s deficit stands at some 3% and is expected to decline to 2% this year.)

Mere HER hos Ynetnews.

Why the West Cares about Turkey’s Diplomatic Conflict with Israel

September 10, 2011 – Dore Gold

Under the surface, there have been growing concerns in the West about the general direction of Turkish foreign policy under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP Party. In an extremely important 2004 cable from the US Department of State, revealed by WIKILEAKS, that was described previously in this column, an American diplomat in Turkey wrote about his concerns with Ankara’s “new, highly activist foreign policy,” Like many other commentators he focused on what he called the “neo-Ottoman fantasies” of Ahmet Davutoglu, who was then only an advisor and today is Turkey’s foreign minister.

But the American diplomat went much further in his description. He attended a meeting at the main think tank of Turkey’s ruling AKP Party where he heard many in the AKP saying that it is Turkey’s role to spread Islam in Europe. He added that among the participants in the think tank there was “the widespread belief” that Turkey should ”avenge the defeat at the siege of Vienna in 1683″–where the Ottoman armies loss to the Hapsburg Empire.

Mere HER i The Algemeiner. Kan også læses her hos Dore Gold.

A Brilliant Fraud

By Stanley Weiss – September 15, 2011

It was the first time that cattle cars would be used in the 20th century to carry people to concentration camps, a systematic annihilation of a whole population so horrific that a new word had to be invented to capture its brutality: genocide.

In the midst of World War I, over a million Christian Armenians in Turkey were rounded up by the Ottoman Empire and slaughtered in unspeakable ways. No less a mass murderer than Adolf Hitler, in a speech to Nazi commanders before he invaded Poland, reportedly defended his order to, “kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of the Polish race” by asking, “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

Mere HER i Huffington Post.

Turkey rebukes Israel: do they remember Northern Cyprus and the Kurds?

04 Sep, 2011 – Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker

Turkey is once more playing the “Israel card” whereby in order to gain credibility at home and to appease the anti-Israeli lobby, the same issue keeps on popping up.  However, while individuals or governments who oppose Israel may welcome the ongoing outbursts which break out frequently it is obvious that mass hypocrisy in Turkey renders this a farce.

If Turkey is so concerned about human rights then why not focus on leaving Northern Cyprus, give greater freedom to the Kurds, install equality for the Alevi Muslims, stop attacking Kurds in Northern Iraq and recognize the mass genocide of Christians which took place in 1915 (pogroms before and after this date).

Mere HER hos Lee Jay Walker.

Erdogan’s Dhimmi Problem

Emmanuel Navon – September 7, 2011

Under Islamic law (“Shariah”), non-Muslims (such as Christians and Jews) are mostly free to practice their religion in private but are discriminated and treated as second-class citizens, or dhimmis. As the Quran clearly states, non-Muslims must “feel themselves subdued” (Sura 9:20). When the Jews regained their independence in 1948, they not only rebelled against “dhimmitude.” They also regained and freed, like the Spaniards after the Reconquista, a land once ruled by Islam. To Muslims, this was -and still is- a double offence.

Turkey’s Islamist Prime Minister Erdogan has taken upon himself to make Israel a “dhimmi state.” Edorgan was raised as a Sufi Muslim and was imprisoned in 1998 for singing out loud that “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.” While mainstream Western media are at pains to describe Turkey’s Islamist AKP Party as “moderate,” Erdogan himself declared on Kanal D TV in August 2007 that describing Islam as moderate “is offensive and an insult to our religion.” Erdogan has been embracing the presidents of Iran and Sudan. While Sudan’s president is accused of genocide by the International Criminal Court, and while Turkey has been asked to apologize for the Armenian genocide, Erdogan has declared that “No Muslim can perpetuate genocide.”

Mere HER hos For the Sake of Zion. Kan også læses her hos Arutz Sheva.

As Israel-Turkey Alliance Disintegrates, Analysts Worry

By Piotr Zalewski – Sep 6 2011

The rapidly worsening fall-out between these two allies could have serious repercussions for an already fragile Middle East

After Turkey’s decision to suspend military ties with Israel, expel the country’s ambassador, and now possibly to apply to the International Court of Justice for an investigation into Israel’s Gaza blockade — on account of Israel’s refusal to apologize for last year’s lethal attack on the Mavi Marmara, a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship — it’s difficult to decipher who, if anyone, might benefit from the current impasse. For Turkey, the breakup with Israel is another nail in the coffin of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s vaunted “zero problems” policy that, until recently, allowed the country to keep lines open with all sides of the Middle East’s conflicts. For Israel, the potential loss of a crucial regional ally only deepens the country’s isolation as it scrambles to come to terms with the Arab spring and its fallout. Among experts, there is some hope that the Turkey-Israel relationship could recover, if slowly. Yet there is also fear that it will deteriorate much further — and quickly.

Not long ago, Turkey could rightfully claim to maintain open diplomatic relationships with practically everyone in the Middle East. But, as Soli Ozel, a professor of international relations at Istanbul’s Bilgi University, told me, “those times are over.” “Turkey is not going to have much of a role to play. It cannot replicate the Syrian-Israeli proximity talks, which it masterminded a few years ago.” Same, he said, for the Israeli-Palestinian talks. “Turkey will probably be hailed by the Palestinians but it will isolate itself from the peace process, if the process ever comes back to life.”

Mer HER i The Atlantic.

Turkey Tantrum Burying Palmer Report

by Simon Plosker  – September 14, 2011

Only weeks after its release, the Palmer Report into the 2010 Gaza flotilla incident appears to have been consigned to the dustbin of history.

Despite leveling criticism at Israel for “excessive force”, the report could and should have been a major prize for Israel public diplomacy. How often, and particularly at a time of precious few PR gifts, does a UN-sponsored investigation uphold the legitimacy of Israel’s naval blockade as well as highlighting the danger of Hamas from Gaza?

Mere HER hos Ynetnews eller her hos HonestReporting. 

Og endelig to artikler om de israelske naturgas-fund, som siges at styrke Israels position både i Mellemøsten og i Vesten. Fra hhv. Foreign Policy og Family Security Matters:

Dry Bones, 9. September 2011

Andre kilder: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FN pdf, The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem PostThe Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington PostHaaretz, Haaretz, Haaretz, HaaretzYnetnews, YnetnewsYnetnews, Ynetnews, Ynetnews, Ynetnews, Ynetnews, Ynetnews, YnetnewsFamily Security Matters, Family Security MattersReuters, Reuters, Reuters, Reuters, The TrumpetForeign Policy, Foreign PolicyThe Sacramento Bee, The Boston Globe, The American Spectator, TownhallThe Guardian, The American, The American, The National InterestThe Algemeiner, The Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal, Voice of AmericaBlomberg Businessweek, MSNBC, BBC, BBC, CNN, HonestReportingIsrael Hayom, Israel Hayom, IMRA, AEI, GlobesDaniel Pipes, Daniel Pipes, National Review Online, Yahoo News, Yahoo News,


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