Islamist Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Calls Israel a ‘Terrorist State’

November 19, 2012 8:55 pm 3 comments

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: wiki commons.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeled Israel as a “terrorist state” during a speech on the Gaza conflict, harsh remarks signaling a new low between the former allies.

“Those who speak of Muslims and terror side by side are turning a blind eye when Muslims are massacred en masse,” the prime minister told a gathering of the Eurasian Islamic Council.

“For this reason, I say that Israel is a terrorist state, and its acts are terrorist acts,” he said, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Ties between Israel and Turkey have been deteriorating for a number of years under the leadership of Turkey’s Islamist AKP party.

Erdogan has been a vocal critic of Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians and strongly backs Palestinian statehood, especially following the 2010 Gaza Flotilla incident, in which Israeli commandos killed nine activists—including eight Turks and one Turkish-American, who violently attacked the commandos as they bordered the ship, Mavi Marmara, headed for Gaza.

Later, Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and froze military cooperation after Israel refused to apologize following a United Nations report that largely exonerated Israel. More recently, a Turkish court has begun a trial of four high-ranking Israeli officers in absentia for their involvement in the flotilla incident.

Erdogan’s harsh comments come amid pressure from the U.S. for Turkey and Egypt to do more to broker a ceasefire.

Speaking to reporters while in Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama said he has told Egyptian and Turkish leaders that “those who champion the cause of the Palestinians should recognize that if we see a further escalation of the situation in Gaza, then the likelihood of us getting back on any kind of peace track that leads to a two-state solution is going to be pushed off way into the future,” the Associated Press reported.

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  • And this is the kind of speech of someone who was defined as “moderate” by both the Bush and the Obama administrations who have been arming them and toward whom they have practiced the worst kind of appeasement on the basis of the MISLEADING ASSERTION that “Islam means peace” or “Islam is the religion of peace” (Bush’s great lie!) while islam=submission in Arabic, and Islam has NEVER been a religion of peace since its inception, but a religion of jihad, of fight for conquest, which is – see the Hadith – ONLY a military term, in spite of some recent dissimulation which has invented something denied explicitly by the main Muslim scholars along the centuries.

  • ENEMIES OF YISRAEL, UNDER THE EZEKIEL´S PROPHECIES
    (EZEKIEL CHAP. 38.1-6)

    1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
    2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog (RUSSIAN), the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
    3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal (TOBOLSKI)….
    …4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
    5 Persia (IRAN), Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
    6 Gomer (GERMANY), and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee (CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA…) ETC…

  • Terri McMichael

    THE PALESTINIANS START ALL THE VIOLENCE,
    Israel is just defending herself, STOP THE
    VIOLENCE PALESTINE!!!!!
    Live and let live !!!!!!!!!!!!

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