Skip to comments.Why Turkey Is Gone for Good: Another jihadist world power rises.
Posted on 02/15/2014 11:07:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Last Thursday, two Turkish businessmen stopped for lunch in a fish restaurant during a business trip to Edirne in the Babaeski region.
At some point during their meal, the restaurant owner figured out that they were Jews.
Rather than show them the hospitality Turkey is renowned for, he said he wont serve Jews, and began cursing them and the Torah. He then took a long knife off the counter and threatened to kill them.
The men ran for their lives.
Anti-Semitic attacks have become regular events in Turkey. In December, after leaving an anti-corruption rally in Istanbul, a young woman was attacked by 10 to 15 supporters of Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan who had just left a support rally for the premier.
They accused her of being a Jew, as they beat her up.
In an interview with The Times of Israel, Turkish opposition MP Ayken Kerdemir said that Erdogan has cultivated Turkish anti-Semitism. He is not only capitalizing on the existing sentiments, Kerdemir explained. Erdogan is fueling some of that anti-Israel and anti-Semitic feeling with his rhetoric, conspiracy theories, campaign slogans and actions.
Kerdemir explained that Erdogans cultivation of anti-Semitism in Turkish society will continue to affect Turkeys behavior and social values long after he is gone. Even after Erdogan and AKP are gone, even if [the opposition party] CHP comes to power, it will take us quite some time to mend inter-societal relations through dialogue, awareness raising and sensitivity training.
Once you let that genie out of the bottle, it is very hard to stuff it back inside.
Erdogans anti-Semitism is not opportunistic. He isnt simply exploiting a popular prejudice for his own benefit. He is an anti-Semite. And his anti-Semitism informs his behavior toward Israel.
In Kerdemirs view, Erdogans uncontrollable hatred of Jews makes it impossible for him to agree to reconcile Turkeys relations with Israel.
As he put it, Erdogans core values vis-à-vis Jews and Israel prevent him from dealing with this issue in a tolerant, embracing and sustainable way.
Against this backdrop it should surprise no one that this week Erdogan sunk prospects for a renewal of Turkish ties with Israel.
Immediately after he took office 10 years ago, Erdogan began systematically downgrading Turkeys strategic alliance with Israel. This process, which began gradually and accelerated after Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian elections, reached its peak in 2010.
In May 2010, Erdogan sponsored the pro-Hamas flotilla to Gaza whose aim was to undermine Israels lawful maritime blockade of the terrorist-controlled Gaza coast. The flotillas flagship, the Mavi Marmara, was controlled by the al-Qaida-aligned IHH organization. Its passengers included terrorists who, armed with iron bars, knives and other weaponry tried to kill IDF naval commandos when they boarded the Gaza-bound ship to enforce the blockade. In the ensuing battle, the commandos killed nine IHH terrorists.
Erdogan used the incident on the Mavi Marmara as a means of ending what remained of Turkeys ties to Israel. For three years, he insisted that he would only restore full diplomatic relations if Israel ended its blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza, apologized for its forces actions on board the Mavi Marmara, and paid reparations to the families of the IHH terrorists killed in their assault on the IDF commandos.
In March 2013, Erdogan relented in his demand that Israel end the blockade and acceded to a reconciliation deal offered by US President Barack Obama in a three-way telephone call with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that took place during Obamas visit to Israel.
Following the phone call, Netanyahu apologized for operational errors, by IDF sailors aboard the Mavi Marmara and offered to compensate the families.
Negotiations toward the reinstatement of diplomatic relations were to ensue immediately.
But just after Netanyahu made his required gesture of appeasement, Erdogan began delaying the talks, while continuing his anti-Semitic assaults.
Talks eventually did start. And according to Israeli sources, they were about to conclude this week.
Netanyahu was beginning to build political support for his decision to agree to Turkeys demand for a massive $20 million settlement of claims against Israel by the dead terrorists families.
But then Erdogan walked away.
On Tuesday, Erdogan reinstated his initial demand that Israel must end its lawful naval blockade of terrorist-controlled Gaza before he restores ties to the Jewish state.
In many quarters of the Israeli media, Erdogans action was met with surprise. Reporters who for years have insisted that Israel can make the problem go away by bowing to Erdogans demands are stumped by his behavior.
But they shouldnt have been.
It isnt simply that Erdogan cannot reconcile with Israel because he hates Jews. As is almost always the case with anti-Semites, Erdogans anti-Semitism is part of his general authoritarian outlook informed by a paranoid mindset.
Erdogan sees a Jewish conspiracy behind every independent power base in Turkey. And his rejection of Israel is an integral part of his rejection of all forces in Turkey that are not dependent on his good offices.
Over the past 10 years, and with ever increasing brutality, paranoia and intensity, Erdogan has sought to destroy all independent power bases in the country. He purged the military by placing hundreds of generals in prison in his delusional Ergenekon conspiracy in which they were accused of seeking to overthrow his Islamist government.
He has destroyed most of the independent media in the country and sent hundreds of journalists and editors to prison.
The same is the case with independent businessmen.
Over the past year, Erdogan destroyed whatever remained of the plausible deniability he initially fostered between himself and the systematic abrogation of civil rights and the rule of law in Turkey.
This week, 17 people were sentenced to two years each in prison for deliberately insulting the premier and not regretting their actions, during a small demonstration in 2012 protesting the governments health policy.
Also this week, Erdogan acknowledged that he calls television broadcasters in the middle of news shows and orders them to stop the broadcast of information he doesnt want the public to know.
This has included ending the live broadcast of a speech in parliament by the opposition leader, ending coverage of the mass anti-government demonstrations last summer, and removing a news ticker that reported on the corruption scandals surrounding Erdogan and his cronies. Erdogan has also reacted to the corruption investigations of his cronies by firing the public prosecutors and police officers involved in the investigations.
To maintain the publics support for his burgeoning dictatorship, Erdogan has adopted populist economic policies that have sunk the Turkish economy. To buy the publics allegiance, Erdogan has borrowed heavily internationally and artificially lowered Turkeys interest rates, even as the local currency dropped in value in international markets and Turkeys current accounts deficits outpaced Greeces on the eve of its economic meltdown.
As David Goldman explained last week in a financial analysis of Turkeys incipient economic meltdown in The Asia Times, rather than raise consumer interests rates, Erdogan has blamed the Jews by railing against the interest rate lobby.
Indeed, since he first invoked the term during the anti-government demonstrations last August, Erdogan has taken to blaming the interest rate cabal for all of Turkeys woes.
Goldman argues that part of Turkeys credit crisis owes to its apparent reliance on interbank loans from Saudi Arabia. In part due to their anger at Erdogan for his support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the Saudis have apparently stopped loaning to Turkish banks.
The Saudis action has pushed Erdogan into the waiting arms of Irans ayatollahs. In an interview with Business Insider,Australia, terror financing expert Jonathan Schanzer said Turkey and Iran were able to minimize the impact of the international sanctions on Irans energy sector. Between June 2012 and June 2013, the Turkish-Iranian gas for gold sanctions-busting scheme brought Iran $13 billion in hard currency.
Erdogans hatred of Jews, his authoritarian mindset and his Islamist ideology informed his decision to transform Turkey into one of the leading sponsors of terrorism. In addition to its massive support for Hamas, beginning in the 2006 First Lebanon War Turkey began providing assistance to Hezbollah.
Then there is al-Qaida. Turkey has long harbored al-Qaida financiers. And according to IDF Intelligence head Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Turkey hosts three al-Qaida bases on its territory that enable terrorists to transit between Europe and Syria.
Erdogans ideological underpinning directs his embrace of Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaida. But his decimation of Turkeys economy has made him view Iran as Turkeys economic savior. And that in turn pushes Turkey even deeper into the jihadist camp.
Obviously in this situation, the chances that Turkey will agree to reconcile with Israel, at any price, is inconceivable.
The surprise that many Israeli journalists have expressed over Erdogans seeming about-face on the reconciliation deal brings us to the larger lesson of his transformation of Turkey.
These journalists believe that Israels bilateral relations with other countries are based on tit for tat. If I do something to upset you, you will get upset. If I apologize and try to make things right, then you will be satisfied and everything will go back to normal.
This simplistic view of the world is attractive because it places Israel in a position of power. If the only reason that Turkey is mad at Israel is that Israel will not apologize for its response to Turkeys illegal aggression, then Israel should apologize and pay whatever damages Erdogan demands.
Moreover, Israel should make Erdogan believe the sincerity of its apology by maintaining faith with the myth that he is a responsible actor on the world stage, rather than a prominent sponsor of terrorism and the hangman of Turkish democracy and economic prosperity.
Appeasement is a seductive policy because it is gives its purveyors a sense of empowerment. And at times, when faced with a simple, limited dispute it can work.
But Turkeys rejection of Israel is not a linear response to a specific Israeli action. It is a consequence of the nature of Erdogans regime, and due to his anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incitement, it is increasingly a consequence of the nature of Turkish society.
Kerdemir argued that Turkish anti-Semitism does not necessitate a rejection of Jews and Israel. And thats true.
The problem is that when anti-Semitism is tied to several other political and economic pathologies, as it is in the case of Turkey, it is impossible as a practical matter for any accommodation to be reached.
THE SWORD-WIELDING restaurateur who responded to the mere presence of Jewish diners in his establishment with murderous rage is no more exceptional than lynch mobs in Ramallah. And as Erdogans economic plight worsens and his embrace of Iran and jihadist groups tightens, Turkeys behavior will only become more extreme, unappeasable and dangerous.
Caroline Glicks book The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East will be released on March 4.
Does this mean that we will be allowed to talk about Turkey’s Christian genocide?
Thank Clinton. His lack of support for the secular government which had been out ally for decades also had a *major* impact in how things went in the Iraq war and follow up.
And Turkey remains part of NATO.
Erdogan is an idiot. For 100 years Turkey did well with “Kemalism” ErdogN has messed up the whole country and the people don’t like it
Take the over/under on him being “Ceaucescued” within two years
Plus they're part of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter international consortium and privy to its secrets.
I did not know of any such thing, distinct from the Armenian Genocide that the Turks have always denied. Armenia was the first ever Christian nation.
Turkey is going to have to get out of the F -35 program because they’ll never know how many Jews were involved building it.
Troubling, indeed. I’ve long held concerns about Turkey’s trend of late, but I didn’t really know that much about it (in fact, as a couple of “helpful” FReepers pointed out a while back, I had a lot of the basics wrong) until recently.
Erdogans an antisemite...and one of Obama’s best buddies.
It's clear that lamebrain Kerry is mouthing words someone else wrote for him. Sounds like something ex-Cong Wexler (Dem-Fla) and other Mideast money-whores dreamed-up----to get their greedy hands on a couple hundred $$$billion more of our tax dollars. Undermining US interests in Mideast hellholes is the game these money-whores know well.
MARK THIS WELL The US Dept of state reported Dec 2011 that as part of the (ahem) cooperative effort to further Turkish economic and military self-reliance, the United States has loaned and granted Turkey more than $7 billion in economic aid and more than $14 billion in military assistance over several years.
REFERENCE Warmed over Turkey a-g-a-i-n?
Islamic TURKEY received $21 billion economic/military US foreign aid (orchestrated by a Fla Congressman forced out of office for lying).
The ex-Fla Congressman inveigled the US to launch a "cooperative effort to further Turkish economic and military self-reliance," so the US stupidly loaned and granted Turkey more than $7 billion in economic aid and more than $14 billion in military assistance.
So much for "peace and cooperation." Turkey is now acquiring nuclear weapons and the ex-Fla Congressman is now running a.n.o.t.h.e.r Mideast (cough) "Peace" group sucking up US tax dollars.
Countless US assets---our embassies, ships and military bases are bombed----our military and diplo-personnel savaged, killed, maimed and tortured by fanatics in Mideast hellholes---and invariably the US gets the blame: "We weren't stern enough, we weren't strong enough"---and my personal favorite----"we didn't give them enough money," etc etc etc.
REALITY CHECK: let us count the ways America has been duped:
Neocons duped the US into pouring trillions into Islamic Afghanistan.....the most corrupt spot on the globe. The Bank of Kabul is engaged in massive fraud---the bank gets billions of US tax dollars deposited to run the war----if you are "a connected" Afghani you can withdraw billions with no silly responsibility to pay it back. Afghan Pres Karzhai was seen loading billions of US dollars to transport out of the country.
Who could forget Obama's "Arab Spring" when all of the terrorists would suddenly become sap-happy humanitarians, weaving daisy chains while frolicking around the May pole?
Since he duped America into electing him in 2008-12, Obama's been prostrate, apologizing for America-----on his knees, all puckered up, sucking up to America-hating countries. Obama and the Chicago crime kingpins he installed in the WH have done everything possible to undermine US ntl security --- and they did it with our tax dollars.
Obama entertained the Muslim Brotherhood in the WH---and he gave the Muslim Brotherhood $2 billion tax dollars to finance its anti-American activities. It's entirely conceivable that the Mideast killings of Americans is being financed w/our tax dollars---thanks to the idiot in the WH. He and the Chicago crime bosses in the WH should be charged w/ un-American activities.
Then-Cong Robert Wexler (D-Fla) was instrumental in getting Turkey increased foreign aid "to (gag) achieve Mideast Peace." Cong Wexler founded the Congressional Caucus on US-Turkish Relations and served on the Congressional Study Group on Turkey.
THE "PEACEMAKER" UNRAVELS In July 2008, it was revealed that Wexler claimed his mother-in-law's home in Delray Beach as his official residence (though he was listed on the House roll as "D-Boca Raton"), but lives in a Maryland suburb for most of the year.
Edward J. Lynch, a Republican running for Wexler's congressional seat, researched Wexler's living arrangements and took his argument to Fox News. "The house he lists on his voter registration is his in-laws' house, in a gated 55-and-older community," Lynch said. "Legally, he can't move back with children under 18."
After Wexler was confronted about the allegation, he stated that his mother-in-law does own the house in Delray Beach. But he also said he stays there when in Florida which, according to his office is, on average, about twice a month.
As a putative Florida resident, Wexler did not pay personal income tax, and his vehicles were also registered in that state, despite his near-permanent residency in Maryland and the Washington metropolitan area.
Wexler, born in 1961, does not personally meet the age requirements for his mother-in-law's senior community. Wexler later obtained a separate address within Palm Beach County.
BACKSTORY Robert Wexler was then Democratic member of the US House representing Florida's 19th congressional district, from 1997 until his resignation on January 3, 2010 (when he was forced out for lying).
Robert Wexler is now president of his own (gag) Mideast peace group---the Washington-based non-profit S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace (financed with limitless Congressional earmarks?).
GOOD COP BAD COP ACT During Wexler's 2008 campaign, Wexler agreed to receive JStreetPACs endorsement and financial support .......and thus lost funding from the pro-Israel Washington PAC. Morris Amitay, the head of Washington PAC, made clear to candidates seeking support from his PAC that he does not view favorably those who receive funds from JStreet PAC (seen as antagonistic to Israel). Amitay said Theres a striking resemblance between the people they support and the anti-Israel Hall of Fame,
Wexler sucking up to Netanyahu.
I’m still pissed at Turkey for not letting the 4thID into Iraq during the war.