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March 2, 2013 11:00 am

Kerry Pushes Erdogan to Halt Verbal Attacks on Israel

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Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Photo: wiki commons.

WSJ – ANKARA—Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Turkey’s leaders to pull back from a string of inflammatory verbal attacks on Israel, as U.S. officials warned that Washington’s ties with Ankara could suffer if the attacks continued.

The Obama administration’s top diplomat met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday just two days after state media reported the Turkish leader, at a United Nations conference in Vienna, equated Zionism with fascism and referred to the Jewish ideology as one of the “crimes against humanity.”

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  • David S. Most

    Why are we ‘surprised’ by Erdogan’s anti-Semitism? He has already shown the world his basic Islamic hatred towards Israel specifically and Jews in general. By continuing to cling to his lopsided views of what happened on the Mavi Maru he tries to convince the world of his rationale.

    The Turkish PM has apparently made his decision to ‘go with the Islamic flow’ and hopes to become the new Sultan of a resurrected Ottoman empire.

    But he seems to ignore the changed realities of today’s worl. Turkey wants to lead the Islamic world while it must hold off Iran and worm its way into NATO. A tough high-wire act given his support for the radicals pushing Islamism against the West.

    Ataturk must be growling in his grave!