Erdogan urges world to recognize Hamas
- Erdogan urges world to recognize Hamas
Sun, 01 Feb 2009
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for
recognition of Hamas which won a landslide victory in Palestinian
In an interview with The Washington Post published Saturday, Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said isolating Hamas is the reason for the ongoing
tensions in the region.
He criticized world leaders for failing to respect the political will
of the Palestinian people who voted for the Palestinian resistance
Erdogan said Hamas would have been in a different situation if the
world had given it a chance in politics after winning elections.
The Turkish prime minister said Hamas would not be able to change the
situation as long as Palestine was "an open air prison".
Hamas won the 2006 Parliamentary elections with 74 of the 132
available seats. The rival ruling Fatah faction got only 45 seats.
Western-backed Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas of
Fatah however fired Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya's unity
government in June 2007.
Erdogan's remarks came after his recent public spat with Israel's
President Shimon Peres, over the Israeli massacre in the Gaza Strip,
in the world economic forum meeting on Thursday.
On Thursday, Erdogan stormed out of the world economic forum in Davos,
Switzerland after a heated debate with Shimon Peres on Gaza.
Erdogan told Peres in the Forum, "Mr. Peres, you are a senior citizen
and you speak in a loud voice. I feel that your raised voice is due to
the guilt you feel.
"But be sure that my voice will not be raised as yours,"
"When it comes to killing, you know very well how to kill."
"I know very well how you hit and killed children on beaches."
Erdogan walked off in front of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and
other panel members complaining that his comments on the conflict were
cut short by the Washington Post's moderator David Ignatius.
Israel launched the military campaign against the impoverished coastal
strip after an Israeli National Security Council assessment urged Tel
Aviv to hinder 'elections in the Palestinian Authority at all costs'
because it may lead to another Hamas victory.
Erdogan receives hero's welcome
Fri, 30 Jan 2009
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to reporters after
he receives a hero's welcome for a spat with Israel. Turkish Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives a hero's welcome on his return
home after his spat with Israel over its war on Gaza. Erdogan stormed
off stage at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos on
Thursday during a heated discussion over Israel's 23-day assault on
the Gaza Strip.
He told Israeli President Shimon Peres, who had launched a fiery
defense of Tel Aviv's attack on the coastal enclave over the past
month, that Israel "knows very well how to kill". More than 1,330
Palestinians, a third of them children, were killed and 5,450 others
injured since Israel waged its Cast Lead Operation against Gaza on
The Turkish premier vowed he would never return to the annual
gathering of the rich and powerful in Davos. Around 3,000 supporters
gathered at Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Friday, waving red and white
Turkish flags and banners reading "Conqueror of Davos" upon Erdogan
arrival. Many carried banners denouncing Israel, a move which raises
concern among the Jewish State as Ankara is its closest ally in the
"I did what I had to do," Erdogan told reporters gathered at the
airport, adding, "I cannot remain apathetic when it comes to these
things, it's just not in my nature. I am duty-bound to defend the
honor of my country." He said that he was not "at heart a diplomat but
It is Time to Say "Enough"
It was rather encouraging to see PM Erdogan standing up for a humanist
cause in Davos. But it didn't really take me by complete surprise.
Once again it has been proven that as far as humanity and ethics are
concerned, Islam and Muslim leaders are at the forefront together with
only very few decent popular leaders such as Chavez and Morales.
At the end of the day, it was PM Erdogan who opened his mouth and told
the world leaders present that which they should have grasped on their
own a long time ago. While Western leaders kept silent about Israeli
war crimes, it was PM Erdogan who stood up for the truth, telling
President Peres that his hands were soaking with children's blood.
'You are raising your voice Mr Peres because you are submerged with
guilt.' I may as well note that unlike PM Erdogan, I myself wouldn't
count on President Peres' conscience. The old man has spent the best
part of his adult life amongst the leading policy makers of a racist
state. His name is intrinsically linked with numerous massacres. As if
this is not enough, Peres was also a leading figure behind the
notorious Israeli WMD project. I guess that if there is any humanity
in Peres, it must be very well hidden indeed.
For years it has become clear that the Palestinian people have been
facing almost alone the most devastating form of state terrorism. And
yet, in spite of the crimes against humanity repeatedly conducted by
the Jewish state, whether it was ethnic cleansing, massacres, land
confiscation, or even just racist laws, the Western world kept silent.
It always kept silent. Absolutely nothing had been done to stop
American and Western support of the Jewish state. Nothing had been
done to halt the constant flow of weapons and lethal ammunition from
America to Israel. Nothing had been done to curtail the devastating
influence of Jewish political lobbies in Western capitals. Time after
time we have been watching American-made F16 planes decorated with the
Star of David dropping bombs on innocent civilians. Yet, not a single
Western state leader had the elementary ethical integrity to stand up
and say, NO more, enough is enough.
I know very well, it is not easy to support the Palestinian people. As
much as we support their cause, their right of return and their
struggle for liberation, empathic feelings of solidarity with
Palestinians had over and over again been shattered very successfully
by Israeli and Jewish well financed and dedicated pressure groups.
For decades we have been terrorized by institutional Jewish political
lobbies. Politicians are intimidated on a regular basis but it goes
further. As bizarre as it may sound, in the solidarity movement we
hardly hear the voice of any major leading intellectuals, poets,
artists or academics. It is not that artists and academics fail to
support the Palestinian cause. Quite the opposite, every ethical
person on the planet supports the Palestinians, yet, everyone who
expresses support of Palestinians' rights is immediately bullied into
submission by a bunch of relentless Zionist operators. For many years,
Jewish lobbies have been pretty effective in silencing and targeting
any form of criticism of Israel by labeling it as anti-Semitic.
However, the tide is rapidly turning. Israel's latest spectacle of
brutality in Gaza had a very big impact indeed. It had left no room
for doubt: to save what is left of humanity and the notion of humanism
is to save the Palestinians from Israeli cruelty. Every humanist
agrees that Israel must be stopped. Its military and political
leadership must be brought to justice. Its military destructive
capacity must be reduced to zero. Unfortunately we cannot count on
Western leaders. They have all failed all the way through. PM Erdogan
however, has managed to plant a glimpse of hope in our bleeding hearts.
Saving all of us from the display of Israeli brutality is not an
option anymore. It is an urgent necessity. As much as it will save the
lives of Palestinians, as much it will save our young children from
the sight of Biblical carnage in its making, dismantling Israel power
is also a necessary move that will save the Israelis from themselves
and their proven lethal inclinations. It may also save world Jewry of
the grave disaster Israel is set to bring on them unless they are stopped.
There is not much time on our side. According to some polls 94% of the
Israelis supported the attack in Gaza. 92% supported the air raids
against Palestinians. As we can discern, there is no force in Israel
that can stop this deadly enthusiasm. The Israelis cannot save
themselves from themselves. For the sake of world peace we must
confront them using every possible measure within our disposal to
bring them towards an elementary humane understanding and ethical
I am deeply grateful for the words of PM Erdogan, and like millions
around the world who have shown their approval of his actions at
Davos, I am grateful for his ethical stance.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF ERDOGAN'S REBUTTAL AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
New Trend Congratulates the Turkish people for Prime Minister
Erdogan's rebuttal of Israeli terrorist Shimon Peres.
January 30: When the Turkish Prime Minister returned from the
Economic Summit in Davos, large crowds gathered to congratulate him
for his reply to Peres, the president of the terrorist entity known as
Israel. Others left flowers at Erdogan's home. At Davos, Shimon Peres
had started the usual Israeli story that all those civilians in Gaza
had to be killed because of the rockets being fired into Israel.
"When it comes to killing, you know very well how to kill."
The Israeli terrorist raised his voice to claim that Israel is the
victim! [One has to be a Jew to believe such nonsense --Editor]
Prime Minister Erdogan replied:
"President Peres, you are older than me and your voice is very loud.
The reason for you raising your voice is the psychology of guilt ... I
know very well how you hit and killed children on the beaches."
The prime minister's wife, Emine - who this month organised a Women
For Peace In Palestine lunch for the wives of Islamic dignitaries -
also became involved, bursting into tears after telling reporters that
"everything Peres said was a lie".
Earlier Erdogan had called Israel's rampage into Gaza a "crime
against humanity" and demanded Israel's expulsion from the UN.
Most shockingly, David Ignatius of the Washington Post, who was
moderating the debate, cut off Erdogan's reply, while he had given
maximum time to Peres. [Source: British paper the Guardian.]
[Slowly but steadily, Islam is rising in Turkey. Remember that
Turkey was once the sword arm of Islam. -Editor] [American Jews are
preparing to bring up the Armenian issue to embarrass Turkey -editor]
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