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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused the international community for shifting responsibility for the war in the Gaza Strip from Israel to Muslims.

“There are countries in which children receive the best education and the most advanced medical services. In other places there is desperation, poverty, war, and weapons of mass destruction,” The Turkish agency Sabah quoted Erdogan as saying. “We must listen to the voices of the oppressed. Iraq was conquered, and so was Gaza. Humanity is watching the evils from a comfortable seat.”

His speech to the Religious Council came amid increased tensions between Turkey and Israel, following Ankara’s last-minute decision to ban Israel from an international air force drill as a show of protest over the Gaza war. The Turkish decision, announced on Sunday, led NATO countries to pull out of the exercise.

“People just watched from the comfort of their seats as phosphorus bombs rained on innocent children in Gaza,” Erdogan added. “In international platforms, efforts ensued to blame Islam for Islamic terror.” “… When phosphorus bombs were rained on innocent children in Gaza, the whole world, all of humanity, watched from their comfortable chairs and their safe havens,” the Turkish prime minister said.

“However, as all this was happening, unfortunately from time to time in international discussion platforms, the term ‘Islamic terror’ began to be used, and efforts were made to place blame on the Muslims and Islam,” he said.

Israel’s opposition leader, Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, told Turkish state television in an interview broadcast on Monday that supporting the so-called “war on terror” was not an anti-Palestinian act, but an anti-terrorism act.

The Kadima MK spoke a day after Turkey’s decision to bar Israel from participating in the international military exercise on Turkish soil.

In a message to the Turkish people, Livni urged Turkey to join “the moderate elements” in the region in the so-called “war on terror”. The key issue facing the region today, said Livni, was the threat of extremism – not a bilateral crisis between Israel and Turkey.

“I am saying to the people of Turkey and their leaders: Supporting the war on terror is not an anti-Palestinian act. It is an anti-terrorism act,” said Livni. “Hamas does not represent the national aspirations of the Palestinians. It is not acting on their behalf or promoting them.”

The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a sharp statement Monday in which it urged Israeli officials to use “common sense” in their statements about the current tension between the two countries.

In its statement the Turkish ministry said the “international part” of the “Turkish exercise” had merely been “postponed,” and “it is inappropriate to draw a political meaning and conclusion from the postponement.”

Therefore, it concluded, “it is impossible to accept the assessments and comments attributed to Israeli officials in the press. We invite Israeli officials to [use] common sense in their stance and statements.”

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, however, implied in an interview with CNN on Sunday that the cancelation was in fact political. “We hope that the situation in Gaza will be improved,” he said. “The situation will be back to the diplomatic track. And that will create a new atmosphere in Turkish-Israeli relations as well. But in the existing situation, of course we are criticizing this … Israeli approach.”

Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak issued a statement Monday in which he urged Israeli officials to refrain from verbal assaults on Turkey. “Israel’s relations with Turkey are strategic, and have existed for dozens of years,” he stressed. “Despite all the ups and downs Turkey continues to be a key player in our region.”

6 Responses to “Turkey PM: World Blamed Islam as Israel Bombed Gaza”  

  1. 1 Alex

    What Barak is saying about Turkey to Israelis “Do not tell them what we really think about them” because we still need them for a while yet. Bastard!

  2. 2 peter vojta

    Bravo Alex, very correct.. Thanks

  3. if only all world leaders had the guts of Erdogan to stand up and say how it is. Turks should be very proud of their leader

  4. 4 Bradley

    THIS is how “terrifying” the Palestinians REALLY ARE to the Israelis, when there are no cameras around ………..
    A Wedding in Ashdod during the War with Hamas
    Posted by Mordechai Friedfertig at 10:06 AM
    [Question from Ha-Rav's radio call-in show from this week]
    Question: Is it permissible to travel to a wedding in Ashdod (in Southern Israel) which is in range of the Kassam and Grad rockets or is it forbidden based on the commandment of “You shall surely safeguard your soul” (Devarim 4:15, 23:11)?
    Answer: It is permissible. There is a clear distinction in Halachah between a high-probability danger and a low-probability danger. If this were not the case, we would not be able to travel in a car since every year, to our great distress, six hundred people are killed in car accidents in Israel. Many more people have been killed in car accidents since the establishment of the State of Israel than all of the Kassam rockets and all of the terrorist attacks and all of the wars, even when they are added together. We nonetheless travel in cars, obviously with the required cautions, since this is called “a non-frequent damage” in Halachah (Pesachim 8b). In our time there are statistical tools to verify the frequency of a danger. There is a halachic responsum on this subject by Ha-Gaon Ha-Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein, Rabbi of “Ramat Elchanan” (neighborhood in Bnei Brak). A student was learning in a yeshiva in “Yesha” (Yehudah, Shomron or Gush Katif) and his parents were concerned about the danger. Rav Zilberstein proves that “a frequent damage” is five percent. This means that if – G-d forbid – five percent of the students of the yeshiva were murdered, it would be forbidden to learn in that yeshiva. This is obviously far from reality – Baruch Hashem – since the Kassam and Grad rockets are not killing five percent of the population. In fact, Ha-Gaon Ha-Rav Yitzchak Isaac Herzog in Shut Heichal Yitzchak proves based on Shut Rabbi Akiva Eiger (#60) that a frequent danger is not five percent, but one in a thousand, but – Baruch Hashem – Kassam and Grad rockets are not killing one in a thousand people either.
    Furthermore, it is permissible to take a “small risk” for the sake of a mitzvah and bringing joy to a groom and bride is a mitzvah. The Tiferet Yisrael discusses this principle on the Mishnah in Massechet Berachot at the end of chapter one. There is a story about Rabbi Tarfon who said the Shema at night while reclining according to the view of Beit Shammai. He endangered himself while doing so and the Sages admonished him for following the view of Beit Shammai instead of Beit Hillel. But the question remains: Why did Rabbi Tarfon endanger himself, since reciting the Shema is not in the category of “Be killed and do not transgress,” i.e. requiring one to sacrifice his life for its fulfillment? The Tiferet Yisrael explains that it was permissible since there was only a small risk of danger. There is an additional proof from when Rabbi Akiva was in jail, and he used the water he received for “netilat yadayim” (ritually washing his hands) instead of for drinking. The halachic authorities ask: How could Rabbi Akiva endanger his life for this practice? The answer is that Rabbi Akiva understood that he would obtain more water, the danger he was taking was extremely minute and it is permissible to take a small risk for a mitzvah. This is also the ruling found in “Pitchei Teshuvah” (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah 157).
    In conclusion:
    a. A non-frequent danger is not considered a danger according to Halachah and the danger in Ashdod is a non-frequent one.
    b. It is permissible to take a minimal risk for a mitzvah and bringing joy to a groom and bride is a mitzvah.
    Mazel Tov!

  5. 5 Holocaust Gaza

    @Bradley – It is not o.k. to celebrate on stolen land. Go home where you belong to.

    • 6 politicaltheatrics

      I think there’s a misunderstanding here.
      What I picked up from Brad’s post is that the rockets aren’t worrisome to Israel and car accidents have killed more people than Hamas rockets

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