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Erdogan: Turkey Doesn’t Need Israeli Tourists

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Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: wiki commons.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country doesn’t need Israeli tourists.  He also added that Turkey will not normalize relations with Israel unless the Jewish state apologizes for the deaths of Turkish activists on the Marmara flotilla, pays compensation to the families of the dead and removes the Gaza blockade.

On May 31, 2010 the IDF sent a team of commandos to stop the flotilla from breaching the internationally sanctioned military naval blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. After the Israeli commandos landed on the Marmara carrying paintball guns, mercenaries on the ship tried to lynch the Israeli soldiers, who pulled out their firearms in self-defense and killed nine Turks on board.

“We have replaced Israeli tourists with other tourists and last year we had 31 million tourists,” Erdogan said. “If and when Israel meets these conditions, then relations can flourish as they did in the past. We will not compromise over these conditions, even if the price is a protracted crisis between the countries,” he added.

This latest rhetoric is another signal that Turkey, which in the past was very friendly with Israel, has elected a government with an increasingly worsening stance toward Israel, as well as increasing support for Palestinians and pro-Palestinian activists. “Palestinian men, women and children that have done nothing wrong are being killed wholesale or held in the largest prison,” Erdogan also said according to Globes.

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  • Avi

    Erdogan represents the epitome of Islamic fascist egomaniac.
    Look at the way he carries himself, the way he talks, his moves, the way he thinks the image he tries to project of himself and his nation.
    I understand him very well and I am familiar with his rethoric. I have seen this movie before, in Turkey.
    That is why I have a sense of deja vue.
    He is the embodiment of a fascist intolerant Turk.
    You are either with him or you against him and his nation.

  • kevobx

    Take a straw poll America and discover that the house, the senate, even congress all have dual citizenship from the state of Israel. One works in America but in government, a slave to the state of Israel, who worships king David (Isaiah 9:7). What happen to Jesus Christ, where is the God of Jacob?

  • Matt

    This article is Israeli propaganda.

    First, its say’s, “Israeli commandos landed on the Marmara carrying paintball guns”

    Then it goes on, “Israeli soldiers, who pulled out their firearms in self-defense and killed nine Turks on board”

    How does a paintball gun kill a person? Israeli commandos were carrying assault rifles and machine guns with live ammunition – not paintball guns as falsely written about in this piece of Israeli cover-up.

    That is how 9 innocent people were MURDERED by the Israeli Army in international waters.

    • Edward H

      They were carrying paintball guns as their primary weapons. They were also armed with side arms. The incident was completely recorded and the evidence does show that the Israeli Commando’s acted in SELF DEFENSE