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Erdogan: No deal on flotilla until Israel lifts Gaza siege

Crescent International

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said there will be no deal with the zionist regime on compensation for victims of the Mavi Marmara attack (May 31, 2010; depicted on banner on the Mavi Marmara in photo) unless the zionists give written guarantees that the siege of Gaza would be lifted. If Erdogan can stand his ground, this will be a great morale booster for the people of Gaza as well as millions of their supporters.

Istanbul, Crescent-online
Friday February 14, 2014, 08:39 EST

Turkish Prime Minister Recept Tayyip Erdogan insists that unless the Zionist regime confirms in writing that it will lift the illegal siege of Gaza, there will be no deal on compensation for the victims of Mavi Marmara.

Relations between the Zionist regime and Turkey nosedived after Israeli commandos stormed the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara in international waters on May 31, 2010.

The zionists murdered nine Turkish peace activists and injured another 50 or so when they shot the passengers at point blank range. The presence of television crews from many countries and their ability to transmit the Israeli-perpetrated carnage in stunning detail to the world outside shocked the world.

The Zionist perpetrated massacre was captured on camera and relayed to the outside world. The blood-splattered decks of the Mavi Marmara stunned the world and even Zionist apologists could not hide or defend the ugly nature of Israeli crimes.

Naturally, Turkish-Israeli relations became extremely strained as people in Turkey reacted angrily to the massacre. They wanted revenge for such a heinous crime perpetrated in international waters against innocent civilians.

The Mavi Marmara was carrying food, medicine and baby milk formula to the besieged people of Gaza; it was not carrying guns or missiles. Yet, even this was not acceptable to the Zionist occupiers of Palestine.

The traditionally warm relations between Turkey and Israel went into a deep freeze. Prime Minister Erdogan not only demanded an apology but also compensation for the victims’ families as well as lifting of the illegal siege of Gaza.

Typical of their brazen nature, the zionists refused to offer an apology and said instead they would consider paying compensation. Last March, during a trip to Israel, US President Barack Obama egged the ass-like stubborn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to talk to Erdogan and offer an apology. This took place as Obama was leaving Tel Aviv airport.

Ankara and Tel Aviv have since been engaged in talks over compensation. On February 10, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the two sides were close to normalizing ties once the compensation issue is resolved.

“There has recently been momentum and a new approach in compensation talks,” Davutoglu told a local television station.

The following day (February 11) Erdogan said there would be no agreement without a written commitment by Israel to lift its restrictions on the besieged Gaza Strip. This has been a long standing demand of Turkey as well as the rest of the world including many governments and civil society groups.

The zionists, however, take sadistic pleasure in starving Palestinian children, women and the elderly and deny them even basic medicines. Gaza has been under a tight Zionist siege since 2006, now further tightened by the military thugs in Egypt, leading to virtual mass starvation.

At least 85 percent of Gaza’s population is food deficient and 95 percent of the water is undrinkable because the sole sewage treatment plant is broken and cannot be repaired for lack of spare parts (Israel won’t allow their importation). The same applies to power generation leading to prolonged power cuts.

It will be interesting to see whether Erdogan would be able to resist pressure from the Americans, the zionists and their agents in Turkish society to stand his ground on the Gaza issue that is a matter of principle and of helping humanity.


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