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Netanyahu apologizes to Turkey over 2010 Gaza flotilla
Jersualem Post ^ | March 22nd 2013 | Herb Keinon

Posted on 03/22/2013 11:07:17 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad

In a dramatic development that occurred just as US President Barack Obama was leaving the country, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan for the first time since the Israeli prime minister took power in 2009.

Netanyahu voiced regret for the loss of life in the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, apologizing for any mistakes that led to the death of nine Turkish activists. Breaking a three-year deadlock, the two agreed to normalize relations.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed an apology to the Turkish people for any error that may have led to the loss of life, and agreed to complete the agreement for compensation," the statement said.

(Excerpt) Read more at jpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: erdogan; flotilla; gaza; gazaflotilla; israel; netanyahu; turkey
I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet. It's big news over here in Europe. Second only to the Cyprus crisis.
1 posted on 03/22/2013 11:07:17 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Vlad Tepes impaled the Turks on wooden poles...


2 posted on 03/22/2013 11:08:43 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

That may well be, but I gotta say, this has been good week for Erdogan. Most politicians fantasize about this kind of week every night when they go to sleep, LOL!


3 posted on 03/22/2013 11:10:08 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

I don’t get this. Israel did absolutely nothing wrong. What turkey did was an act of war.


4 posted on 03/22/2013 11:10:27 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Eagles6

I don’t get it, either. Why do this?


5 posted on 03/22/2013 11:12:39 AM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Jane Long

To clear the way for a strike on Iran and to do something regarding the situation in Syria.

You’d want Turkey on your side for those objectives.


6 posted on 03/22/2013 11:14:30 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

I trust the Turks about as far as I can throw them.


7 posted on 03/22/2013 11:15:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

If only Vlad Putin could change his last name to Tepes.


8 posted on 03/22/2013 11:15:13 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Jane Long

Methinks it was a quid pro quo with Obama. Maybe for our help with the Iron Dome or help with Iran. Smells of Chitown politics.


9 posted on 03/22/2013 11:16:06 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: dfwgator

It’s all about geopolitics. Always has been, always will be.


10 posted on 03/22/2013 11:17:25 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Erdogan: “I’ll let you punch through Turkey to take out Iran’s nukes for the sake of the entire region if you apologize for the Mavi Marmara affair”.

Bibi: “Okay, sure”.


11 posted on 03/22/2013 11:21:50 AM PDT by cll (The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

“Vlad Tepes impaled the Turks on wooden poles...”

And what do you think he, a Christian Orthodox, did with the Jews?


12 posted on 03/22/2013 11:27:51 AM PDT by Skylab
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To: cll

Bingo.

Turkey is apprehensive about Iran getting nukes, and they’d be delighted to see that threat erased.

Airspace for an apology? Sure, what the hell; why not?

Historically, Israel and Turkey have been allies, so to me it’s just a re-establishment of the equilibrium.


13 posted on 03/22/2013 11:27:59 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Skylab

Why should they be apologizing?


14 posted on 03/22/2013 11:28:12 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Turkey scr**** us when we wanted to cross into Iraq. I think our relations are weak so what Net is doing makes sense and I believe he’s sincere.


15 posted on 03/22/2013 11:34:07 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
You’d want Turkey on your side for those objectives.

True. We'll see.

Keeping Bibi and Israel in prayer.

16 posted on 03/22/2013 11:40:12 AM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Sacajaweau

I agree.

Also, what’s that sound I’m hearing? Why.....could it be? Yes, it is! It’s Ayatollah Ali Khameni dropping a deuce in his genie pants as he reads this headline being flashed around the world!

He knows damned well what an Israeli-Turkish rapprochement means. It means he’s screwed.


17 posted on 03/22/2013 11:42:02 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Eagles6

My “apology” would have been something on the order of “We are so sorry that your citizens chose to attack our soldiers and we had to eliminate them for the good of mankind.”


18 posted on 03/22/2013 11:48:22 AM PDT by Pecos (If more sane people carried guns, fewer crazies would get off a second shot.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

“.......and agreed to complete the agreement for compensation.....”

With our money.... from Obama??


19 posted on 03/22/2013 11:49:21 AM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~)
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To: Sacajaweau

No, Nancy Pelosi screwed us by ticking off the Turks during the run up to the Iraq war with that stupid Armenian atrocity resolution she brought to the house floor.


20 posted on 03/22/2013 11:53:45 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad
Sad, Netanyahu can look forward to Erdogan and Obama pulling the rug out from under Israel at the most damaging moment.
21 posted on 03/22/2013 12:11:39 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

That apology cost nothing. If the same circumstances happened again, Israel would kill some more Turks.

In the meantime with Gaza still closed as a port and no one trying to get in the apology works well.


22 posted on 03/22/2013 12:12:45 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

It is interesting that Bibi waited until obama was leaving. You KNOW obama would have loved to have been standing beside Bibi when he issued the apology.


23 posted on 03/22/2013 12:16:53 PM PDT by Terry Mross (This country will fail to exist in my lifetime. And I'm gettin' up there in age.)
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To: Terry Mross

The official media meme will be that “obammy brokered
some sort of deal”. He needs that way more that Bibi
could give a crap. There was some sort of deal and I have
to believe Netanyahu can outsmart purple-lips.

Check the NYT front page.


24 posted on 03/22/2013 12:44:09 PM PDT by americas.best.days... ( I think we can now say that they are behind us.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Yep. “I question the timing...”


25 posted on 03/22/2013 12:47:53 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Venturer

There was an attempt last year by another Gaza-bound flotilla, but this time the Turks didn’t allow it to even leave the dock.

Very likely, they didn’t wish to inflame matters further on their part.

Like you said, an apology costs nothing. It might help patch things over between Turkey and Israel as well. And it sends a message to the Iranians, with whom the Turks are growing increasingly wary of.


26 posted on 03/22/2013 1:02:46 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: cll

That’s probably about right but also remember that the Israelis might have fudged a bit of Turk airspace when they took out the Syrian nuke project a few years back. Erdogan isn’t going to admit his guys missed the bell and Bibi isn’t going to yap about just how they got there but they both need to show a smidge of public happiness to keep the inside feathers reasonably smooth.


27 posted on 03/22/2013 1:12:05 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: dfwgator

>> I trust the Turks about as far as I can throw them.

But they were so helpful with the Iraq deployments... /s


28 posted on 03/22/2013 1:14:20 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: dfwgator

Well, NATO has trusted them for a long time ... :-)


29 posted on 03/22/2013 1:29:42 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Gator113

Israel had agreed to pay Turkey compensation “from the beginning”. That was never an issue with Israel. So, since that was offered immediately and from the beginning (from Israel), that doesn’t appear to be the case.


30 posted on 03/22/2013 1:33:24 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Terry Mross

It was reported that this was discussed with Netanyahu “as” Obama was leaving ... :-)


31 posted on 03/22/2013 1:34:48 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Turkey won’t be on Israel’s side no matter what.

There was no reason for Israel to apologize for defending itself. Turkey attacked them; they deliberately sent terrorists over on those boats.


32 posted on 03/22/2013 1:40:11 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Star Traveler

Thanks.....


33 posted on 03/22/2013 1:48:47 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

This is big news. What’s Obama’s game? This is obviously a quid pro quo. Why?


34 posted on 03/22/2013 3:06:07 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Skylab

Your Bible doesn’t say “spread the other cheek.”

I suppose you would consider Yeshua to be an anti-semite for driving the Jewish banksters out of the temple?


35 posted on 03/22/2013 4:56:35 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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