Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan Tells Cairo Crowd: Gaza Flotilla Was “Cause For War”

This was the winning photo of the year in Turkey last year – a battered and bloody Israeli soldier aboard the Mavi Marmara.


Nine people were killed onboard the Gaza-bound Turkish ship after IDF troops who raided it encountered violent resistance by “peace activists” armed with an assortment of weapons. The “peace activists” threw stun grenades and beat the Israeli soldiers with pipes and chains. The ships failed to comply to Israeli commands and planned the surprise attack on the Israeli troops.

This week Turkish Prime Minister told an enthusiastic crowd in Egypt that the boarding of the Gaza Flotilla was a “cause for war.”
The JC reported:


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was received with mixed feelings in Cairo this week on the first leg of his Middle East tour.

While his criticism of Israel was accepted with enthusiasm, the Egyptian government and the Muslim Brotherhood were anxious to make it clear that they would decide their own policies independently…

…The Turkish Prime Minister was on more stable ground when focusing on Israel and the storming of its embassy over the weekend. At the Arab League in Cairo, he was cheered when he said in a speech: “Israel’s actions are endangering its own future, they are not acting like a normal state. I want to see the Palestinian flag over the United Nations headquarters in New York and over their capital, Jerusalem.”

His speech came in the wake of further threats that Turkey would send its fleet to accompany a new flotilla to Gaza. Mr Erdogan said that Israel’s boarding of the Mavi Marmara last year and the deaths of nine Turkish activists “were a cause for war”.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Israel during a press conference yesterday with the transitional government in Egypt.
Israel National News reported;

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Tunisians on Thursday his country could have frigates and assault vessels in the eastern Mediterranean “at any time” to ensure freedom of movement…

The next and final stop on his tour is expected to be Libya.

Erdogan said Turkey would seek to cement ties with whichever party wins the most support in Tunisia’s upcoming national elections. Voters will empower a new parliament to draft a new constitution in the October 23 poll – the first since former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia.

“Israel will not be able to move in the eastern Mediterranean as it wishes,” Erdogan said at a joint news conference with his counterpart, Interim Prime Minister Beji Caid el Sebsi. “It will see our determination in this regard.”

The comment raised the specter of a possible maritime confrontation with the Israeli navy, a prospect that follows the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador and its other high-level diplomats from Ankara.

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