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Pres. Assad said the [flotilla] raid had destroyed any chance for peace in the near future
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Israel’s attack on the Gaza aid flotilla has increased the chances of war in the Middle East.
In an interview with BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, he said Syria was working to prevent a regional war.
But he added that there was no chance of a peace deal with the current Israeli administration, which he called a “pyromaniac government”.
What happens when Israel panics?
Israel is now at total loggerheads with the worlds nations and people. She became accustomed to “ruling the roost” with her secret benefactors, who shared, “so many secrets”, legally defined as “classified”.
Turkey says Israel’s PM Bibi is a prime suspect, in ordering the murders of the Humanitarian aid workers. If so, was he the first PM to do so, or is it a long tradition? Ariel Sharon was Bib’s political mentor. For the Turkish prosecutor to say this, he must have either been informed through a “leak” or by judging Bibi’s behaviour. He could not have just “imagined” it.
Turkish prosecutors go after Israeli politicians
Israel’s prime minister, defense minister and chief of General Staff are among the prime suspects in an investigation initiated by the İstanbul Bakırköy Prosecutor’s Office into Monday’s military operation against a Gaza-bound civilian aid flotilla that left nine peace activists, all of whom were Turkish citizens, dead. …
To demonstrate that Israel’s intervention was illegal, the prosecutors will emphasize that the ships were in international waters, that the people aboard had waved a white flag of surrender, that the ships were carrying humanitarian aid, that the passengers did not threaten Israel and that no permission for intervention was given by the ships’ captains or countries under whose flags they were sailing. Concrete evidence, such as firing at the victims at close range, and the testimonies of victims will also be included as evidence.
Then again Israel has an official policy of “targeted” killings, there has been much controversy within Israel that even these killings are beyond what the law allows. It has been widely reported that the “Rachel Corrie” was mechanically sabotaged by the Israelis, and it was carrying VIPs. We can assume they were to be spared the hostile treatment that the rest of the Flotilla received.
And Israel is pushing the US to up the ante on North Korea. This is Israel’s only modus operandis, when there is trouble, sow conflict.
Turkey did not allow the American troops to enter Iraq via Turkey’s territory in 2003…
In 2008 during the Russo-Georgian war Turkey did not allow US warships to enter the Black Sea abiding by the letter of the Montreux Convention,” .
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who has come to Russia on a two-day visit, will meet with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday to sign agreements on multifaceted privileged partnership, also described as strategic partnership. The latter implies political cooperation and even regular ministerial meetings.
The question of which of the two countries needs oil and gas pipeline friendship more is no longer on the agenda. Everything has become so mixed up in this area that it is very difficult to say where the pipes end and policy begins. …
Turkey is the only NATO country with which Russia has signed over 60 treaties, agreements and other documents promoting friendship. The two countries maintain regular contacts at the political, including government, level as well as in the economy, where their relations range from fishing to oil, gas and nuclear energy.
And now they are considering multifaceted strategic partnership, possibly influenced by the unfailing attraction of hydrocarbons.
Russia and Turkey have shaken hands on all the details and commercial terms for the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant in Mersin’s Akkuyu district, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko has announced.
“Turkey and Russia are strategic partners, not just in words but in reality,” the Russian president told reporters on Wednesday during a trip to Ankara, where he also discussed Moscow’s involvement in an oil pipeline that will cut tanker traffic through the Bosphorus straits and struck a deal to scrap visa requirements for short visits.
Russian Prime Minister Putin expressed his sorrow over killing of nine people during the raid.
He called on everyone not to escalate tension in the Middle East, adding that they were in favor of lifting of embargo on Gaza.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Erdogan invited his Russian counterpart to the conference on “Cooperation in Asia and Confidence-Building Measures” in Istanbul on June 8.
Prime Minister Putin accepted the invitation and the two leaders agreed to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the conference.
Now consider their dealings with Israel. When Turkey was mediating between Syria, Israel and Hamas, In the midst of the negotiations Israel suddenly launched operation Cast Lead against Gaza without informing the Turks. It was a betrayal.
The entire Georgian Russian war was seemingly orchestrated by Israel. And again there was betrayal, with the war being launched immediately after peaceful overtures were given to the Russian peacekeepers.
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Turkey builds up and holds ready for action against Israel a large air, sea and marine force in the Turkish sector of Cyprus should Israel stand by its refusal to lift the Gaza blockade and stop Turkish boats bound for the enclave.
Israel blinded itself to the changing winds in Ankara after pro-Islamic Recep Erdogan succeeded in gaining control of Turkey’s armed forces. This enabled Turkish intelligence to lay a trap for Israel.
The Turkish leader is sinking millions of dollars to build a large new flotilla for blowing Israel’s blockade sky high and tightening the international diplomatic siege around Israel.
Amid his charm offensive for American Jewry, Obama lets Israel down in the international arena – especial in its war on terror and nuclear weapons.
Hamas suddenly discovered that its most effective weapon against Israel is not the Iranian missiles but Turkish block-busting ships and their propaganda impact.
And Israel has united the Turks! Suddenly the secular and the Islamicists are all together in their revulsion of the Israeli atrocities.
How small minded are Israel’s rulers? To be presiding over constant daily atrocities. It is just that this time it was not hapless Palestinians.
Turkey has the history. It is a major hub of Gas and Oil pipelines. It has excellent relations with Russia (and Iran and Syria). And Turkey rose while Israel was concentrating on neocon hegemonic ambitions. I wonder if there is a drop of vision or diplomacy in the Israeli leadership? Or is it simply about murder and punishment?
The Turkish Armed Forces, with a combined troop strength of around 1,041,900 soldiers (including reserves and paramilitary forces), is the second largest standing force in NATO (after the United States): wikipedia
Of course, Turkey’s shift toward becoming a global power in the region is bothering Israel. This distress is amplified by the presence of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in power, the “one minute” incident and the support and sympathy for Turkey from the Arab and Muslim world. But this is how things are rolling. If a powerful Turkey is taking the stage, is it smart for Israel to mess with Turkey? Shouldn’t Israel attach more importance to this kind of Turkey for the sake of peace in Israel, the Middle East and more importantly for world peace?
Autopsies were carried out at the Council of Forensic Medicine in İstanbul yesterday on the bodies of nine activists who were killed in Monday’s bloody Israeli attack.
Planes carrying 520 aid volunteers and nine dead bodies of activists killed by Israeli security forces on Monday returned home on Thursday, with many claiming mistreatment at the hands of Israeli military officers and other officials and additional allegations that not everyone has returned.
Activists say some people who were initially on the flotilla are missing. They are also telling stories of horror, carnage and pure barbarism at the hands of Israeli officials. In a shocking account, Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH) President Bülent Yıldırım, who returned on Thursday, said a photographer, whose first name was Cevdet, was shot in the forehead by a soldier one meter away from him. “Our Cevdet [Kılıçlar], he is a press member. He has become a martyr. All he was doing was taking pictures. They smashed his skull into pieces. We soon made out that these were real bullets they were firing. Rubber bullets also kill because you shoot at very close range, between one-and-a-half and two meters.”
The head of Turkish charity the İHH, which organized the humanitarian aid flotilla to Gaza, said Israeli commandos shot an Indonesian doctor in the stomach and a photographer in the forehead
Kevin Ovenden of Britain, an activist on the ship that arrived in İstanbul on Thursday, also said a man who had pointed a camera at the soldiers was shot directly through the forehead with live ammunition, with the exit wound blowing away back of his skull.
There were also claims that Israeli official reports on the number of people killed are untruthful. Yıldırım said, “Until now they have returned nine dead bodies, but our list is bigger. There are people missing.” Speaking to journalists at Atatürk International Airport shortly after his return, Yıldırım said: “We saw 38 injured who were brought back to us by doctors after the attack. Now they are saying there are 21 people who have been injured.” Yıldırım was on the main passenger ship, the Mavi Marmara, which the Israeli navy attacked at the start of its raid.
Another witness, Yücel Köse, who was on the ship Gazze repeated Yıldırım’s allegations of missing people. “The Mavi Marmara was bombed right in front of our eyes. They threw the wounded into the water,” he said. Köse said the soldiers were upset when some of their men were held by activists aboard the Mavi Marmara.
Forensic examination of bodies
‘They poisoned our food,’ claims Gaza activist
İbrahim Musaji, a 26-year-old activist from England who was also on the Mavi Marmara, was asleep during the raid. He says he rushed to the deck immediately after being woken up by gunfire to see his friends lying in a pool of blood. He said the soldiers threatened to kill him if he attempted to help them. “They hate people, all they want was to shed Muslim blood.” He also claimed that there was poison in the food fed to prisoners.
Recai Kaya, a representative of the Enderun Association, said one of the activists on the ship was shot by a soldier when they were returning one of the injured Israeli soldiers to the raiding force. Kaya said he was hit with a rifle butt when he tried to help an older man, who could not pull his pants back up after using the bathroom because he was handcuffed. “He was so embarrassed.” İstanbul Today’s Zaman
Turkey’s Council of Forensic Medicine completed examining some of the bodies. The findings have not yet been announced. It will be a few weeks before the experts get back all the results, but initial statements from doctors confirm Yıldırım’s account of the shootings at close range. According to İHH official Ömer Yağmur, who spoke to the doctors, 19-year-old Furkan Doğan was killed by four bullets to the head — all fired at close range — and one bullet into his chest, also fired at close range. He said Doğan was studying at a private high school in Kayseri and hoped to become a doctor in the future.
The council also confirmed yesterday that eight of the nine bodies brought back from Israel belong to Turkish citizens. The ninth person was identified as a US citizen of Turkish origin. More than 500 activists who were brought to Turkey were examined on Thursday by 120 forensic medicine experts and their assistants.
People thrown into the sea
Activist İdris Şimşek, who also arrived on Thursday, claims that four wounded activists were thrown into the sea. Şimşek also stated that there was immense psychological pressure on the activists. Şimşek said they expected some harassment but had no inkling of what would happen, noting that they were not expecting an armed attack. He also mentioned that there were no weapons, including a small Swiss army knife that some foreign press organs claimed was on the ship. He stated, as many other activists have, that the person who was waving a white flag to surrender was shot by soldiers. He said that he saw many people lying in puddles of blood after the soldiers opened fire.
Erol Demir, another activist on the Mavi Marmara, said they had footage of the chaos and the carnage on the ship, emphasizing that the footage will show the real face of Israeli solders to the entire world. “They even shot those who surrendered. Many of our friends saw this. They told me that there were handcuffed people who were shot.” All activists stated that Israeli helicopters sprayed cold seawater onto the ship for three hours.
Hakan Albayrak, a journalist from the Yeni Şafak daily who was also on the ship, said: “It was an outright massacre what Israel did out there. They attacked us in international waters. We protected our ship. We had no weapons. I think we lost more people.”
Activist Özlem Şahin Ermiş said 60 soldiers took her hostage. The prisoners were harassed by violent attack dogs and some were badly bitten. She also noted that they were not fed any food or given anything to drink during their initial interrogation on the ship.
The İHH said the activists Çelebi Bozan, Osman Kurç and Aydın Ataç were definitely still missing. These individuals might still be in a hospital in Israel, İHH officials said. Meanwhile, the full list of the names of the nine Turks whose corpses were sent to Turkey and their hometowns were announced as İbrahim Bilgen – Siirt, Ali Haydar Bengi – Diyarbakır, Cevdet Kılıçlar – İstanbul (İHH staff), Çetin Topçuoğlu – Adana (national taekwondo team member), Necdet Yıldırım – Malatya (İHH staff), Furkan Doğan – Kayseri, Fahri Yaldız – Adıyaman, Cengiz Songür – İzmir and Cengiz Akyüz – Hatay. Doğan was only 19. He was killed with four bullets to the head and one to the chest.
Ahmet Aydan Beker from Kayseri (critically injured), Mehmet Ali Zeybek of Diyarbakır (critically wounded and under arrest) and Uğur Süleyman Söylemez from İstanbul are being treated in Israeli hospitals.
03 June 2010, Thursday
Turkey mulls military escort for Irish blockade-buster vessel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 3, 2010, 12:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Five planes flew out of Israel Wednesday night, June 2, carrying hundreds of foreign passengers and nine bodies from the Turkish-led flotilla Israeli commandos raided and prevented from breaking the Gaza blockade two days ago. After surrendering to Turkey’s ultimatum to release all the passengers, including the seven members of Islamist terrorist groups who assaulted the Israeli boarding party, debkafile reports the Netanyahu government faced a fresh ultimatum from Ankara: Lift the Gaza blockade at once.
In his televised message to the nation Wednesday night , Netanyahu pledged “to continue to uphold our right to self-defense against terror,” but gave no specific undertaking to preserve the blockade.
Netanyahu faced a fresh Turkish demand to lift the blockade on Gaza without delay.
Furthermore, the Irish vessel Rachel Corrie, which was left out of the flotilla after it developed technical trouble, was discovered to have changed course from a direct route to Gaza and headed for a stopover at a Turkish port. debkafile’s counter-terror sources disclose suspicions in the Israeli government and naval command that the Irish ship would take aboard a new batch of trained Turkish IHH terrorists and head for the Gaza Strip. They might even be the same IHH activists who attacked Israeli commandos on the Marmara and were deported Wednesday.
Erdogan has resolved that this group which he personally sponsored will reach Gaza Port by hook or by crook. It is also feared in Jerusalem that he may attach an escort of Turkish warships and air force jets to accompany the Rachel Corrie and make sure the ship breaks through the blockade to its destination.
The Irish ship was first scheduled to anchor Saturday, June 5, but its detour to Turkey will delay its arrival by a couple of days.