Skip to comments.Kerry Pushes Turkey-Israel Rapprochement (Compares Hamas-Aid Attackers to Boston Bombing Victims)
Posted on 04/21/2013 9:30:11 AM PDT by kristinn
On a trip to Israel last month, Obama secured a pledge from Turkish and Israeli leaders to normalize ties that broke down after a 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed eight Turks and a Turkish-American.
But the rapprochement has been slow, fueling concerns that Turkey may be backsliding on its commitment.
Israeli and Turkish negotiators plan to meet this coming week to discuss Turkey's demand for compensation for victims of the flotilla. U.S. officials hope the discussions will jumpstart the process of restoring full diplomatic relations and exchanging ambassadors between two countries that Washington sees as vital strategic partners in the volatile Middle East.
The raid sparked throughout outrage in Muslim-majority Turkey, making it politically difficult for the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to bend to persistent U.S. appeals to improve relations with Israel.
In March, Obama extracted an apology for the raid from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that broke the stalemate.
Kerry said he understood the anger and frustration of those Turks who lost friends and family in the raid. The former Massachusetts senator said last week's Boston Marathon bombings made him acutely aware of the emotions involved.
"We have just been through the week of Boston and I have deep feelings for what happens when you have violence, when something that happens when you lose people that are near and dear to you," he said. "It affects the community, it affects the country. But going forward, you know, we have to find the best way to bring people together and undo these tensions and undo these stereotypes and try to make peace."
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Kerry is the clown act for a three ring government circus.
I have been paticularly incensed since I woke up Saturday morning to the news that Zero wants us to “withhold judgement,” and now we need to “move forward.” A pox up both their asses! Can we at least say the bombers “acted stupidly?
It is truly a statement of the grand incompetence of our modern day government that this clown is still a part of it for so very many years.
No, Kerry is beyond that he is firmly in the range of Industrial Grade stupidity, also known as liberalism.
Kerry said he understood the anger and frustration of those Turks who lost friends and family in the raid.
Sounds like he's recommending 'Soma' and a round of 'We are the World"...Yeah, that will solve the problems... I wonder what color the sky is in his world... (Maher)...
Speaking of young men going overseas to meet with extremists - was it Clinton or Kerry who met with some over-seas anti-war Communists in the 60's? Anyone remember the story?