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Turkey Ousts Israeli Ambassador

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Posted on Sep 3, 2011
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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to the media in Ankara on Friday.

Turkey downgraded its diplomatic ties with Israel on Friday, announcing that the Israeli ambassador is no longer welcome and that it would sever military ties between the two countries.

The move came after a recent United Nations report said that Israel commandos used excessive force during a raid on a Gaza flotilla last year during which nine Turkish activists were killed.

The same report also said that Israel was justified in its blockade of the Gaza Strip, that is was a “legal security measure” to prevent weapons and militants from inflicting damage on Israel. But Turkey, standing by the idea that the blockade is both immoral and illegal, said it considers the U.N. report “null and void.” —BF

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In a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday, Israel said it “cherishes the significant ties, past and present, between the Turkish and Jewish peoples” and therefore it had sought to settle the dispute peacefully. But Israel said it could not meet Turkey’s demand to apologize for the flotilla raid because Israeli troops acted in legitimate self-defense.

While describing Israeli actions as unacceptable, the U.N. report also said that Turkey did not do enough to prevent a violent confrontation, and that some Turkish activists were armed with iron rods and knives used to attack Israeli commandos.

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By Soubie, September 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment
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It’s about time, Turkey should have ousted him right after Israel murdered the people on the flotilla.

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By California Ray, September 4, 2011 at 7:49 am Link to this comment

Repeal California Financial Code favoritism for Israel!

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By Thursby, September 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment
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Got to love the hatred. “Silence is Complicity” is really quite the peacenik with his call for murder. Nice. And why, Robespierre115, is a UN report that exonerates Israel a joke while all the other reports and resolutions produced by UN committees overrepresented by dictatorships and monarchies that have been blaming every problem in their own country, and whose anti-Semitism is completely explicit and above board, somehow legitimate? Go on, hate the Jews. You are carrying on a long and repulsive tradition.

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By PatrickHenry, September 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

Turkey has a military alliance with the U.S. in NATO, Israel does not.

I’ll bet the Blackmail of our U.S. Congress by way of Amdocs and Infosys is stronger than any alliance.

Hats off to Turkey for doing what the weak will U.S. Government can not.

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By Robespierre115, September 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment

Turkey finally responds with justified force. The UN report is a joke considering one of the committee’s top members was Alvaro Uribe, former right-wing president of Colombia who every year of his regime was ranked as Latin America’s #1 human rights violator.

Turkey shows that there are some governments left who won’t play nice with fascist apartheid regimes.

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