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Israel urges Turkey to rethink its ties with Hamas and Iran

February 1, 2009

Brushing off fierce Turkish censure of its offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Israel urged Ankara on Sunday to consider cooling ties with the Palestinian Islamists and Iran.

The Israel Defense Forces campaign, which ended in a Jan. 18 truce, triggered protests from Turkey culminating in a shouting match last week between its Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum.

Reuters

Israeli officials have tried to play down the schism with Muslim, mostly secular Turkey, a key ally of Israel.

Read the rest:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/
1060599.html

Related:
 Israeli President, Turkey PM In “Amicable” Conversation; Some Media Magnifies Dispute

Turkey Tells Obama: Redefine Terrorism; Bush Misunderestimated “Realities” of Middle East, Hezbollah Says

 Diplomatic Conduct Explodes Over Israel, Gaza: Turkey’s PM Hero At Home

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Israeli President, Turkey PM In “Amicable” Conversation; Some Media Magnifies Dispute

January 30, 2009

CNN and other impartial media are downplaying the discussion between Turkey’s  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The media in Turkey and elsewhere are playing up the dust up, claiming Israel insulted Turkey and the Israeli side apologized.

That just isn’t so, Israel says.

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves the stage Thursday, as Israeli President Shimon Peres sits, left. 

Above: Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves the stage Thursday, as Israeli President Shimon Peres sits, left. Some media said Erdogan “stormed” out.

Thankfully, some media remain unbiased and impartial, as we see in this CNN report:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD
/europe/01/30/davos.erdogan.peres
/index.html

This event highlights the volatility of the world situation and how the media can add to or slow down disagreements.

Related:
Gaza Fight Thunders Across Middle East, Britain, France, Media

Turkey Tells Obama: Redefine Terrorism; Bush Misunderestimated “Realities” of Middle East, Hezbollah Says

January 30, 2009

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that he doesn’t much like the definition of terrorism adopted after 9-11 by George W. Bush.

Erdogan, whose country has played a key role in trying to mediate among Israel and Syria and the Palestinians, said Obama’s new Mideast envoy, George Mitchell, will be in Turkey for talks Sunday.

“President Obama must redefine terror and terrorist organizations” and make a new policy for the Middle east and elsewhere.

When 9-11 happened and President Bush declared the “war on terror, many though israel immediately looked at palestinians as terrorists, Russia looked at Chechens the same way, China saw Tibetans as terrorist and so it went around the globe.

No maybe a re-alignment or new definitions are in order.

In his remarks toward President Obama and the U.S., most observers said the Turkish leader appeared to be referring to the US position toward Hamas and Hizbullah, which the United States considers terrorist organizations.

Related:
The Jerusalem Post:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?ci
d=1233050208220&pagename=JPost%2F
JPArticle%2FShowFull

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Bush Accused of Trying to “Remake” Middle East; Misunderestimated “Realities”

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the administration of former President George W. Bush worked with its Arab allies to try and change the “realities” in Gaza before Barack Obama took office.

Nasrallah says Bush administration worked with its Arab allies to "change the realities" in Gaza.

Nasrallah says Bush administration worked with its Arab allies to “change the realities” in Gaza.

In a wide-ranging speech on Thursday marking “Freedom Day” — a celebration of the release of Hezbollah prisoners from Israeli custody — Nasrallah said the Bush administration worked with its Arab allies “in order to take advantage of the short time of Bush’s term and before (Barack) Obama takes office in order to change the realities” in Gaza.

There were no U.S. forces involved in the 22-day Israeli military operation in Gaza; the United States is a key supporter of Israel.

Read it all from CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WOR
LD/meast/01/29/lebanon.bush/ind
ex.html

Diplomatic Conduct Explodes Over Israel, Gaza: Turkey’s PM Hero At Home

January 30, 2009

It isn’t often that two heads of state show any emotion and a public diplomatic event.  A show of anger: never.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a hero’s welcome upon his return to Istanbul on Friday following his public spat at the World Economic Forum in Davos with President Shimon Peres over the fighting in Gaza.

Erdogan said he had been insulted. “My responsibility is to protect the honor of the Turkish nation.”

The Prime Minister’s Office said that Erdogan assured Peres that he wasn’t angry with him, but with the organizers of the forum. The Israeli PM’s office denied Turkish media reports that Peres had apologized to Erdogan.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, Prime Minister of Turkey and Shimon ... 
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, Prime Minister of Turkey and Shimon Peres, right, President of Israel during a plenary session on the Middle East Peace at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.  Erdogan verbally sparred with peres and then stalked off.(AP Photo/Keystone/Laurent Gillieron)

During the forum, Erdogan had become enraged over being cut off by a panel moderator after listening to an impassioned monologue by Peres defending Operation Cast Lead.

Peres’s defense was prompted by harsh criticism leveled at Israel not only by Erdogan, but also by the two other panelists, Arab League head Amr Moussa and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“You are killing people,” Erdogan declared to Peres.

Related:
Jerusalem Post:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid
=1233050211059&pagename=JPost%2FJP
Article%2FShowFull

CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/eur
ope/01/30/davos.wef.friday.wrap/index.html

Around 3,000 supporters welcomed Mr Erdogan’s return to Istanbul, waving red and white Turkish flags and declaring the PM a hero.  See:
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/
economics/wef/article5617169.ece