Skip to comments.Erdogan: No Free Movement for Israel in E. Mediterranean
Posted on 09/15/2011 10:34:31 AM PDT by Nachum
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. Israel's security cabinet has made a firm decision, however, not to respond to Erdogan's verbal attacks, in an attempt to avoid further inflaming the delicate diplomatic situation with Turkey. (snip) ''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.''
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Erdogan is such a damned fool. Just read that Greece is becoming closer to Israel now. Serves the Turks right!
Man made reefs are so good for marine life. Does the Eastern Med need any?
Erdogan may be trying to maneuver Israel into a war with NATO. Recent experience would have me putting my money on Israel in that confrontation.
Boycotting Turkish products in favor of Greek
substitutes seems quite reasonable based upon such talk.
Ἑλληνιστὶ πρὸς τοὺς παρόντας ἐκβοήσας, «Ἀνερρίφθω κύβος», διεβίβαζε τὸν στρατόν.
Plutarch, Life of Pompey, 60.2.9
You forget that greeks don’t pay their bills and jews like to get payed.
I would to read of a Israeli smackdown of this Turkish bully! Dare the Turks to back up their spineless yaps!
I agree. Israel will not be able to move around the Eastern Med. as it wishes. It will have to spend alot of time steering around desroyed Turkish Navy ships.
Turkey is foolish. Israel is trying to hold back and not get sucked into a problem, but in other times I think a nation like Israel would just go out and sink a few Turkish vessels just to make a point.
Turkey must have got some new rowers for their galleys.
If we had the right man in the White House, somebody would be on the horn to this bastard to tell him to stop the incendiary rhetoric and he better not touch a single Islraeli ship or face immediate and serious retaliation.
My guess is the Pigs in Saudi Arabia are encouraging this.
Hey turks, play around, lay around.
Could this be our next war... with the USA on the side of it's NATO partner and against Israeli "aggression" in the eastern Med if the shooting starts and Turkey claims it is attacked?
I have no insight on Turkish politics but I suspect that Obama’s public distancing of the U.S. (well, his administration, anyway) from Israel is emboldening Turkish P.M. Erdogan to risk foolish provocations against Israel. Erdogan also knows full well that any attack on a Turkish ship by Israel, no matter how egregious the provocation, would be met with severe condemnation from the Obama administration and the risk of a coordinated attack on Israel from it’s neighbors, who need little excuse to kill Jews. Whatever Erdogans motivation, this will not end well for anyone involved, especially the Turks.
It should be the USA threatening Turkey on this score. The leftists, by tying our hands in Afghanistan and Iraq, now made us look weak, so the Islamic faction in Turkey stood up very quickly and killed Atatürk’s legacy of Turkey being the first country in Asia Minor to recognize the State of Israel.
The Turkish Navy is considerably larger than the Israeli Navy and comparable from a technological point of view. The Israelis have other areas they need to cover, too. The only edge the Israelis have is in the air.
This could get bad.
And not one out of Prince Barry's or anyone from the State Dept.
Their silence speaks volumes.
i agree ray.
turkey is a serious military power. they are not syria or even egypt. bad news if israel ends up tangling with them, especially if its part of a move by PLO, syria, Egypt all at the same time.
All of the GOP presidential candidates need to come out in unison and warn Turkey to back off with their inflammatory rhetoric.
And Israel needs to have cameras onboard every ship to record any hostile Turkish activity. Let the sunshine in and expose these devils.
With a real president in the WH, the Sixth Fleet would be ordered to bust up such Turkish nonsense the minute it might start. Can’t be confident of what might happen now.
AS SOON AS Turner takes his seat in Congress, HE should introduce a resolution censuring Turkey for its threats and WARNING them. THAT will draw a STARK contract between Republicans and the Masquerading Marxist Muslim in the Oval Office and his party.
It would force a split in the Dems.
For those wanting to see the limits in the seas in the Eastern Mediterranean, contact the Office of the Geographer, Deparment of State, Wash DC
This is the same Turkey that had us “go around” to get into Iraq? They can shove any part of a NATO treaty where they normally shove their left hands!
Since the early nineteen nineties and the Clinton administration support for the Muslim leadership in Bosnia, Erdogan has played his Islamist games. He supported the phoney Islamic charities that worked in the Balkans. He met with Iranian principals to coordinate their activity in support of the Bosnia Islamists. He collected funds for their support. He is not now, nor was he then, a friend of the West.
"Nice boat youse got there. Would be a shame should anything happen to it. Maybe youse should keep it at the dock."
Anyone know if Erdogan has made any statements about the US Air Force base at Incirlik?
During the Cold War Soviet frigates and cruisers used the sea lane rules of the road to disrupt flight and landing ops on 6th Fleet CVs.Everything they did was legal under sea law, but it was inconvenient and borderline dangerous to the flight crews and deck crews. Israel has no aviation ships, but the Turks could legally interfere with Israeli naval movements to the point of major inconvenience.I doubt Israel would fire on a Turkish vessel, except in clear self defense, just because of the NATO connection.
‘Anyone know if Erdogan has made any statements about the US Air Force base at Incirlik?’
Nope. Not a word.
I doubt that. Although they both are opposed to Israel, the last thing that the Saudis would want is to see the Turks take a leadership position in the Arab world, a position that they want for themselves. One the advantages that the Israelis have always had is the disunity and jealousies among the Arabs. The scene in the movie Lawrence of Arabia of the disputes among the various Arab groups after they captured Damascus highlights this disunity.
Hope you are right.