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    Bibi didn’t jump high enough for the Turks

    Bibi didn’t jump high enough for the Turks

    John Kerry tagged team with Obama to extract a humiliating apology from Israel over the deaths of Turks who violently attacked Israeli soldiers lawfully boarding a ship breaking the lawful Gaza military blockade.

    The Turks and others in the Muslim world took the apology as a sign of Israeli weakness and a victory.

    The Turks then quickly backed out of the deal to normalize relations, which the apology was supposed to accomplish.

    Kerry is back in Turkey trying to hold the Turks to their promise, but the Turks are demanding that Israel jump even higher.

    Turkey Raises New Issues in Accord With Israel:

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Turkey and Israel on Sunday to move forward with a diplomatic rapprochement brokered by President Barack Obama last month, which the U.S. views as central to promoting stability in Middle East hot spots like Syria and the Palestinian territories.

    But Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu responded by publicly outlining further steps Israel needed to take in order to restore full diplomatic ties, including a complete lifting of the economic embargoes imposed on Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.

    American officials are worried the Turkish diplomat’s position could lead Ankara to stall in normalizing relations with the Jewish state and provide Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with an issue to continue attacking Israel’s policies in the region. Mr. Erdogan has said he plans to visit the Gaza Strip in May….

    During the phone call, Mr. Netanyahu complied with a long-standing Turkish demand by apologizing for the attack and pledging to provide financial compensation to the families of those who died in the raid. A team of Israeli negotiators are expected in Turkey this month to try to set the size and terms of the settlement.

    Still, Turkey’s demand Sunday that Israel lift all limitations on travel and trade on the Gaza Strip risked emerging as an open-ended issue that could cloud Turkish-Israeli relations for the indefinite future. Any visit by Mr. Erdogan to Gaza could also strain relations again with Mr. Netanyahu.

    Mr. Kerry was careful not to criticize Ankara’s position or to set a timeline for the normalization of Turkish-Israeli ties.


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    Well. That makes it simple. No more concessions from Israel to Obama. My guess is that if Turkey continues to be bellicose, Israel will simply ignore them.

    Turkey needs Israel FAR more than Israel needs Turkey, and if Turkey doesn’t get their act together soon, they’re going to get screwed when Israel starts to export energy to the region, and also in the holdup of arms, equipment and design specifications (Israel makes a key component to the AWACS system that Turkey NEEDS badly).

    My guess is that equipment embargo just went back into place, and that Netanyahu is going to tell Obama to go screw himself when Obama calls to try to smooth it over.

    Hurricane | April 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I hate those people (Obama, Kerry, Clinton, etc.). Traitors to human rights everywhere.

    NeoConScum | April 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Ahhhh…Yes, the triumphs(cough)of the(cough)Clinton State Years is to be followed by the strength and character(cough, cough)of the Kerry State Years.

    A comfort(cough)to the Israelis and Bibi, no doubt. By the by, did y’all know that John Boy Kerry served in VietNam for 3 or 4 months 45-years ago??!! Yep, somethin’ like 37 purple hearts and not a day on that Swift Boat missed. Heroic,’Yo.

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