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March 5, 2013 1:37 pm
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Report: Turkish Diplomats Say Shipment of Free Navy Vessels from U.S. Only Halted Temporarily

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In the wake of comments made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Zionism is a “crime against humanity,” Turkish sources have told Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News that they still expect the delivery of two naval vessels to the country despite a “technical” holdup.

According to Turkish diplomatic sources the bill that would have allowed for the delivery of the ships, which are to be donated, failed to be ratified  by the Senate before the end of the legislative term on Jan. 3rd because “Debates on the issue of the fiscal cliff kept the House of Representatives occupied for a long time. Thus, when the bill came to the Senate, there was a time pressure.”

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, introduced the bill to the House on Dec. 11, 2012. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill on Dec. 31, 2012. The ships in question are the USS Halyburton and the USS Thach.

The bill is expected to be re-introduced to the House in the next legislative term, according to sources who spoke to Hurriyet.  One source also rejected rumors that the bill was blocked thanks to efforts by Greek, Armenian and Jewish lobbies. “There was no political decision involved, this was solely a technical matter.”

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  • lawrence kulak

    This is absolutely disgusting. Why the hell would we dontate free vessels to Turkey when Turkey is causing trouble in the MIddle East by shifting its alliances? In addition, the turkish President has used threatening language against Israel. This may be politically incorrect, but enough is enough with the game of politics. Anybody who labels the Jews return to its ancestral homeland a “crime against humanity” deserves to die – plain and simple. If these naval vessels should arrive, Israel should drop a bomb on the Erdogan’s head while he is surveying them. Then Israel should indemnify the US for the loss of the vessel. It should not, however, indemnify Turkey for the loss of Erdogan. We should then all sing Purim songs.

  • Jerry Hersch

    It is absolutely essential that these vessels reach Turkey and reach Turkey quickly.
    I fully expect that if Assads regime falls they will immediately take their forces to the coast.
    Iranian port facilities at Latakia and Russian port facilities in Tartus-are both in heavily Alawite areas.
    Forces loyal to Assad will hook up with the pro-Assad factions in Lebanon to create a zone extending from Israel’s border to Turkey.
    Only by direct imposition and working in concert can Turkey and Israel prevent this zone from becoming a reality.
    The time window will only be days.

    It is incumbent upon Israel to use all its pressures to make sure these ships reach Turkey- Now

    • Jerry Hersch

      If Assad succeeds in setting up on the coast-it will become a militarized Iranian enclave..the “remnant Syria” left behind -with no coastal access will turn to forces opposed to both Assad and Israel and very likely become a full-bloom al-Queda area.

    • Lawrence Kulak

      Mr. Hersch,
      Even if what you say has truth to it, if you think that anyone who labels Zionism as a ‘crime against humanity’ and advocates for pro-Hamas flotillas will collaberate with Israel you are out of your mind. Somebody will get to Assad like they got to Khadafy and Saddaam and then there will be no pro-Assad anything. And even if there is, all I can say is “whose afraid of the big bad wolf, the big bad wolf the big bad wolf?” Not Israel. And after they kill Assad, they should go take out Erdogan.

  • shloime

    of course it wasn’t a political decision – obama would never hold his “best friend in the middle east” accountable in any way, no matter how stupidly he acts.

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