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Turkish air defense system deployed to “defend Syria, Iran against Israel raids”

Posted by seumasach on May 14, 2010

Political Theatrics

13th May, 2010

High-ranking sources in the Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed displeasure with Turkey over deploying anti-aircraft batteries along the Syrian border in the Iskenderun district.

The Turkish daily Hurriyet meanwhile, quoted a military source as saying that “this move aims at repelling a US or Israeli attack against Iran or Syria.”

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Israel must denuclearize, Erdogan says

Posted by seumasach on April 12, 2010

PressTV

12th April, 2010

The Turkish premier says the international community should take action to disarm Israel as part of the efforts to make the Middle East a nuclear weapons-free zone.

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Erdogan: Israel biggest threat to peace in ME

Posted by seumasach on April 7, 2010

PressTV

7th April, 2010

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Israel is the greatest threat to regional peace in the Middle East as bilateral relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv further deteriorates.

“If a country uses disproportionate force in Palestine, in Gaza, uses phosphorous shells, we’re not going to say bravo,” he said during a visit to Paris on Wednesday.

The Turkish leader was referring to three weeks of Israeli air strikes and a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip between late December 2008 and early January 2009 that killed 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and injured 5,450 others.

Erdogan said Israel’s justification for the offensive was based on “lies,” citing the 575-page UN-mandated ‘Goldstone report’ on the Gaza offensive that details what investigators have described as Israeli actions “amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity.”

“Goldstone is a Jew and his report is clear,” the Turkish prime minister told reporters at the Paris Ritz. “It’s not because we are Muslims that we take this position. Our position is humanitarian. It’s Israel that is the principal threat to regional peace.”

Erdogan’s statements came a day after Turkey condemned remarks by an Israeli official comparing him to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

“Lieberman’s remarks are beyond the limits, inappropriate, and impertinent and bear no truth. Turkey calls on Israel to trade their meaningless and unacceptable attitude for common sense,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Burak Ozugergin said on Tuesday.

In an interview with Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Tuesday, Israel’s hawkish Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed that Erdogan is turning into Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi or Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. “It’s his choice. The problem is not Turkey; the problem is Erdogan.”

Erdogan recently told the French newspaper Le Figaro that Israel is not serious about establishing peace and all evidence indicates that Israel is pushing the region toward war not peace. The Turkish prime minister also reiterated that Israel is widely believed to possess the only nuclear arsenal in the Middle East.

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Erdogan fires another broadside at Israel

Posted by seumasach on April 6, 2010

PressTV

5th April, 2010

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has fired another broadside at Israel over its aggression against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

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Great Game Playing Field: Russia/Turkey versus Palestine/Israel

Posted by seumasach on February 11, 2010

Eric Walberg

Global Research

11th February, 2010

A vital playing field in today’s Great Game is Palestine/Israel, where again there is a tentative meeting of political minds between Russia and Turkey. In defiance of the US and much of Europe, both endorsed the Goldstone report into atrocities committed during Israel’s invasion of Gaza in December 2008, where 100 Palestinians died for every Israeli casualty. Neither government is captive to Israel in the way European and US governments are, though they both have important economic relations with Israel.

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Russia, Turkey and the Great Game: Changing teams

Posted by seumasach on January 26, 2010

Eric Walberg

Global Research

26th January, 2010

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev’s visit to Turkish last month shows that Turkey and Russia are rapidly developing close economic and political ties.

For all intents and purposes, Turkey has given up on the European Union, recognising it as a bastion of Islamophobia and captive to US diktat. As Switzerland bans minarets and France moves to outlaw the niqab, the popular Islamist government in Istanbul moves in the opposite direction — supporting the freedom to wear headscarfs, boldly criticising Israel and building bridges with Syria. This is nothing less than a fundamental realignment of Turkish politics towards Turkey’s natural allies — the Arabs … and the Russians.

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Erdogan backs Iran’s nuclear work, rejects arms

Posted by seumasach on January 14, 2010

PressTV

14th January, 2010

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has thrown his weight behind Iran despite recent threats by Washington for new sanctions against Tehran.

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Turkey embraces role as Arab ‘big brother’

Posted by seumasach on January 13, 2010

Sami Moubayed

Asia Times

14th January, 2010

After the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in Ankara, many in the West referred to a new Turkish foreign policy called “neo-Ottomanism”, suggesting a revival of the intellectual, political and social influence of the Ottoman Empire, which departed the scene 92 years ago.
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The Rise and Rise of Turkey

Posted by seumasach on November 3, 2009

Patrick Seale

Middle-East Online

3rd November, 2009

One way and another, a resurgent Turkey is rewriting the rules of the power game in the Middle East, in a positive and non-confrontational manner. This is one of the few bright spots in a turbulent and highly-inflammable Middle East, says Patrick Seale.
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The never mentioned Syria – Qatar – Turkey peace initiative

Posted by seumasach on January 8, 2009

 

Turkish diplomacy could be an new element in the Middle East crisis.

Roads to Iraq

8th January, 2009

Another humiliation for the so called “moderate” Arabs in the Security Council, with Al-Arabiya reported in advance that the Security Council will never pass the Arab initiative.

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