The Jerusalem Post Called Erdogan Vile Bigot


[ Part 2.2: “Attached Text” ]

16:03, 30 October, 2013

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 30, ARMENPRESS: The Israeli The Jerusalem Post
criticized the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Armenpress reports that the newspaper wrote: “After over 50 years of
Israeli-Turkish intelligence cooperation, the Turkish disclosure to
Iran of the identities of Mossad operatives – apparently subsequently
executed – illustrates the depths to which Israel-Turkey relations have
descended under Islamist autocrat Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan seeks to conceal his true intentions and convey the illusion
that he is himself a role model for an enlightened Islam which blends
with democracy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Erdogan
is a fanatical Islamist and a vile bigot who lavishes praise on the
Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah and whose behavior is more
reminiscent of an Ottoman sultan than a democratically elected leader.

Erdogan has employed Islamist demagoguery to win three elections
and has exploited his power and position to intimidate the media
and destroy the opposition. He has purged the army of its secular
officers through primitive show trials and brutally repressed freedom
of speech. Today, there are more imprisoned journalists in Turkey
than in Communist China and perhaps any other country in the world.

Erdogan’s brutal response to environmentalist protesters against
the redeveloping of Gezi Park in central Istanbul a few months
ago, wounding over 4,000 peaceful demonstrators, exemplified his
authoritarianism and brutality. Der Spiegel quotes Turkish human rights
organizations attesting that he subsequently engaged in a campaign
to punish journalists, teachers and other activists involved in the
protests, arresting at least 3,000 people, including children.

Since his demagogic outburst against President Shimon Peres in Davos
live on TV in January 2009, followed by his dramatic storming out
of the meeting, Erdogan’s attitude toward Israel has dramatically
deteriorated. He shamelessly allies himself with the genocidal Hamas
and refers to Israel as a “terrorist state” which “massacres children”
and “knows well how to kill.” Only a few weeks ago, Erdogan hosted
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Turkey for the third time in 12 months.

Clearly, he reached the conclusion that as a major global Israel-basher
he reaps dividends among the Arab masses and furthers his dream of
becoming head of a new Ottoman Sunni empire. ERDOGAN’S ANTI-ZIONISM
is a natural extension of his anti-Semitism. As far back as 1974, he
directed and played a leading role in a play entitled Maskomya, based
on the evil global influence of Jews, Communists and Freemasons. As
mayor of Istanbul in 1998, he stated, “Today the image of the Jews is
no different from that of the Nazis.” In 2006 he endorsed the popular
virulent anti-Semitic film Valley of the Wolves about an American
Jew who trades in body parts.

He blamed the Gezi Park environmental protest on the “interest
rate lobby,” the “dual loyalists” and the “rootless cosmopolitans,”
clear references to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. His deputy
explicitly attributed the blame for the riots on the Jewish Diaspora.

Erdogan has made outrageous statements in international circles. At
a UN conference in Vienna in February, Erdogan stated, “Just like
Zionism and fascism, Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against

Only a few weeks ago he blamed Israel for the upheavals in Egypt,
stating, “What is said about Egypt? That democracy is not about
the box. Who was behind this? Israel is. We have evidence in our
hands.” When subsequently pressed to substantiate this xenophobic
outburst, all he could do was to quote the French Jewish philosopher
Bernard Henri Levy (not an Israeli) who had made negative references
to the Muslim Brotherhood in 2001. One of Erdogan’s favorite remarks
is “There is no Islamic terror.”He also publicly undermines American
efforts to boycott Iran and continues to provide Tehran with reliable
trade outlets. Nonetheless, the US still considers Turkey a principal
ally with which it shares “bonds of trust.”

In June 2012, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu launched “The Global Terrorism Forum,” a
counter- terrorism organization comprising 30 founding members from
which Israel was notably excluded.

In September 2013, the US and Turkey expanded this organization by
creating a $200 million joint venture fund – “The Global Fund for
Community Engagement and Resilience” – purportedly to combat extremist
ideologies amongst young people in the Muslim world.

American taxpayers are footing the bill for this exercise, organized by
an Islamist leadership that endorses Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and
has shamelessly hosted former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
and President Omer Hassan al Bashir, the genocidal leader of Sudan
charged with war crimes.

THE SURREAL nature of Turkish influence is best exemplified by
the ongoing story of the Mavi Marmara flotillas that sought to
break Israel’s weapons embargo on Gaza in May 2010. Following
the international incident, Erdogan demanded that Israel issue an
unequivocal apology for the death of nine Turkish protesters associated
with al-Qaida who were aboard the boat.

When Israel acted in accordance with the ruling of an independent UN
inquiry that found that it need not apologize for the loss of lives,
Erdogan recalled his ambassador, orchestrated show trials against IDF
personnel, and sought to exclude Israel from global organizations,
including NATO – this, from a leader who has never acknowledged his
country’s massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in World War I.

Following his visit to Israel in March 2013, President Barack Obama
allegedly pressed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to apologize
and pay compensation to the Turkish terrorists’ families. Despite
bitter condemnation in Israel, Netanyahu complied in order to restore
relations with Turkey so that Israel and Turkey could cooperate on
issues emerging in Syria. Erdogan agreed to cooperate with Israel at
all levels.

But, unsurprisingly, the Turkish prime minister has failed to adhere
to his commitment. Immediately after Israeli issued its apology,
Erdogan announced his intention to visit Gaza, and demanded Israel
lift its maritime blockade against Hamas. Six months later, Erdogan
still has not restored diplomatic relations nor suspended the show
trials of senior Israeli officials. The Greek ambassador to Israel
informed The Jerusalem Post that Turkey was still continuing to block
Israel’s participation in NATO. This month, President Abdullah Gul
stated that Israel had extended its apology “too late.”

IN LIGHT of this, it is disappointing that Obama continues to praise
Erdogan as a “moderate Islamist” who “has shown great leadership,”
ignoring the fact that he has effectively violated all the undertakings
brokered by him in relation to Israel and continues to actively
undermine efforts to impose sanctions on Iran . Not to mention that
only a few weeks ago Erdogan announced a “strategic partnership” with
China. The reality is that while the inveterate anti-Semite Erdogan
has his way, he will veto any efforts to improve relationships with
Israel, despite the major strategic and economic benefits that would
accrue to both countries.

Thus, even if the US clings to the fantasy that Turkey represents
a moderate, democratically influenced form of Islam, we should not
delude ourselves. Erdogan is running an anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli reg

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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