Jihad on Israel: Where Does Turkey Stand? – Part II

by Burak Bekdil, October 13, 2023

  • The “final solution,” Erdo─čan said, unwittingly, it seems, using Hitler’s term, “is the foundation of an independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem its capital and Israel retreating to pre-1967 borders.” Why not ask Israel to withdraw to its pre-Babylonian borders?
  • “Our Brothers in the Gaza Strip have been heavily bombarded in the past couple of days,” Erdo─čan said. Really, Mr. Erdo─čan, now why is that? What would your military do if terrorists bombarded Turkey’s civilians with thousands of rockets?
  • Erdo─čan, finally, in what might be the laugh of the century, said he would like to play the honest broker between Israel and Hamas. Why not have Iran mediating between Israel and Hamas, or Greece mediating between Turkey and Cyprus, or Belarus mediating between Russia and Ukraine…?

When, on October 7, the terrorist group Hamas launched an unprovoked attack on Israel, killing more than 1,300 Israeli men, women and children (and wounding thousands more), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, rather than dusting off his usual inflammatory anti-Israel rants, uncharacteristically advised both sides for restraint. That was, after Erdo─čan’s vow to isolate Israel internationally had brought Turkey a heavy geopolitical cost, This was Erdo─čan’s pragmatist-self.

Only a few days later, as always, his ideological-self took the stage.

The “final solution,” Erdo─čan┬ásaid, unwittingly, it seems, using Hitler’s term, “is the foundation of an independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem its capital and Israel retreating to pre-1967 borders.” Why not ask Israel to withdraw to its pre-Babylonian borders?

“Our Brothers in the Gaza Strip have been heavily bombarded in the past couple of days,” Erdo─čan┬ásaid. Really, Mr. Erdo─čan, now why is that? What would your military do if terrorists bombarded Turkey’s civilians with thousands of rockets?

Once again, in NATO, Turkey is the odd one out. Listen to Erdo─čan, the leader of this NATO ally:

“What’s Hamas’ losses? What’s Israel’s? Hamas has the serious losses.” How heartbreaking: the poor terrorists have heavy losses.

Erdo─čan continues in a dramatic voice:

“There is no running water in Gaza. There is no electricity. Where are human rights? Hospitals and [mosques] are being bombed mercilessly.”

Now, why is that, Mr. Erdo─čan? Could Hamas possibly be hiding arsenals of weaponry in those places?

More┬áfrom Erdo─čan:

“Israel is behaving like an organization [a terrorist organization], not like a state. Thus, it will be treated like an organization.”

“This is not a war,” Erdo─čan┬áwent on.

“This is massacre [committed by Israel] … This is about premeditated murder of civilians… These are disproportionate attacks on Gaza lacking any moral basis.”

Er, what about the moral basis of Hamas beheading babies then posting the videos online?

What, then, does the leader of this “NATO ally” think about U.S. involvement in the face of the tragic attack on the people of Israel?

“What will the aircraft carrier of the U.S. do near Israel, why do they come? What will the boats around it and the aircraft on it do? They will hit Gaza and places near it, and take steps for serious massacres there,” Erdo─čan┬ásaid┬áin a joint press conference with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer in Ankara. It appears “NATO ally” Erdo─čan did not like it when the U.S. decided to move an American aircraft carrier strike group, including the USS Gerald R. Ford, closer to Lebanon, which is under the control of another Iranian terrorist organization, Hizballah, lodged on Israel’s northern front.

On October 5, the Pentagon┬ásaid┬áthat the U.S. military had shot down an armed Turkish drone operating near its troops in Syria. It was the first time Washington brought down the aircraft of a NATO ally. “Why does the U.S. have 23 [military] bases in Syria?” Erdo─čan┬ágriped. “What business does the U.S. have in Syria? They shot down a Turkish drone. Is Turkey not a NATO ally?” It is, Mr. Erdo─čan, but apparently only part-time. Is Turkey supposed to be a NATO ally only at your convenience?

“[The] U.S.,”┬ádeclared┬áErdo─čan “is arming and training┬áall┬áterror organizations… The U.S. is making a bloodbath in Syria and the Middle East.”

Against this Islamist backdrop, there will always be people more royal than the king. Turkey’s Deputy Education Minister Nazif Y─▒lmaz┬átweeted┬áthat Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “will die. One day they will shoot you too.”

Erdo─čan, finally, in what might be the laugh of the century, said he would like to play the honest broker between Israel and Hamas. Why not have Iran mediating between Israel and Hamas, or Greece mediating between Turkey and Cyprus, or Belarus mediating between Russia and Ukraine…?

Burak Bekdil, one of Turkey’s leading journalists, was recently fired from the country’s most noted newspaper after 29 years, for writing in Gatestone what is taking place in Turkey. He is a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Originally posted:
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/20046/israel-turkey-jihad

 

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