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Turkey Imposes Further Sanctions on Israel

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Posted on Sep 6, 2011
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the World Economic Forum in 2009.

Turkey added fuel to its smoldering relationship with Israel on Tuesday when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his nation would impose additional sanctions against its once-close ally.

Likening Israel to a “spoiled boy,” Erdogan said that Turkey would halt all trade and military relations associated with Israel’s defense industry, and he warned that other measures would follow.

Late last week Turkey downgraded diplomatic ties with Israel and suspended all military agreements between the two countries, giving senior Israeli diplomats only a few days to pack up and leave Turkish territory.

An angry Turkey put all these measures into place after Israel refused to apologize for the deaths of eight Turks and one Turkish-American killed by Israeli commandos during a flotilla raid off Gaza last year. —BF


Erdogan’s government is incensed that Israel refuses to apologize or pay compensation for eight slain Turks and one Turkish-American. The humanitarian workers and activists were shot dead by Israeli commandos in a botched 2010 raid on an aid convoy that was trying to bust Israel’s sea blockade of Gaza.

But “Israel does not want to see a further deterioration in the relationship with Turkey,” said a senior Israeli government official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue. “There have been a number of proposals on the table to prevent a deterioration and unfortunately they have not been successful, but from our point of view a deterioration in the relationship serves neither side’s interests.”

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By PatrickHenry, September 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment


No, the Issies got caught red handed stealing them in New Zealand.

Remember when they performed the extrajudicial killing of some poor Palestinian who stood against them without a trial.

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By omop, September 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

Its not cricket as the Brits would say in imposing sanctions on Israel.

That would be treating them like the US treats individual Syrians. After all
Israel is the only democracy in that part of the world and adheres to
freedoms fo all its citizens in he same way as in the US of A.

  Its taking over Palestinian lands is based on wanting to be secure from
those evil people and as a means of securing peace.

  Bad, bad Turkey, Arabs in general and all Palestenians.

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By drbhelthi, September 7, 2011 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

“Given Israels use of faked and falsified passports I am suprised this isn’t the norm throughout the world.” Patrick Henry

Are the falsified passports for C.I.A., MOSSAD, and operatives of both, printed in Israel, or in the U.S.A. ?

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By Soubie, September 7, 2011 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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Thank God there is one leader willing to stand up to Israel.

His citizens were murdered in cold blood - the very LEAST he should get is an apology.

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By Howard, September 7, 2011 at 8:23 am Link to this comment

ah yes; another article on Israel. Lot of h-ons
concerning that little tiny democracy. Jeulousy and
envy methinks
  Now Syria and Lebanon, and Iran. let us talk of their
virtues , also.
  And when Turkey kills its Kurds, not a murmer, not a
whisper about that.  imagine.

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By Charles, September 7, 2011 at 5:39 am Link to this comment
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I can only admire a leader willing to stand up for what is right.  Wish we had one…

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By hidflect, September 7, 2011 at 12:26 am Link to this comment
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After decades of criminality in Japan, Israelis are virtually banned here. More often then not they are simply turned around at the airport customs with no explanation. Now they get the message and don’t try entry anymore. From running sex slave operations and drug running down to ubiquitous fake brand peddling and con jobs they are persona non grata. There are no innocents. They’re all involved in it somewhere, somehow.

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By Silence is Complicity, September 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment

Another step in the right direction by free Turkey.

Just hope and pray that less free countries, like the US and Europe, will gather some courage to free themselves from the slave-like bondage that keeps them submissive to Zionist control and blackmailing!

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By PatrickHenry, September 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment

I understand Israeli travelers to Turkey were pissed while the Turks temporarily detained them and took their passports.

Given Israels use of faked and falsified passports I am suprised this isn’t the norm throughout the world.

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By expat, September 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment
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the racist and criminal regime of israel

has lost any and all legitimacy.

By its continued criminal actions,

it has IMO forsaken its right to exist.

Boycott, shun and grant no leeway

to all who associate with this racist scheming

murderous tyranny.

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By Robespierre115, September 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment

Erdogan gives the world an example of an honorable president who won’t let his country be humiliated by fascist thugs.

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By Tamcho, September 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment
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All Arab nations should build walls around their Israeli embassies as Egypt has done to make a point to the world concerning Israeli aggression and arrogance.

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By California Ray, September 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

Repeal the California Financial Code’s special favors for Israel.

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