Turkey suspends Israel defence and trade ties

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  1. Galaxy

    Galaxy Elite Member Elite Member

    Aug 27, 2011
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    Turkey suspends Israel defence and trade ties​

    Turkey downgraded diplomatic relations after Israel refused to apologise for a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla

    Turkey is "totally suspending" all trade, military and defence industry ties with Israel, the Turkish prime minister said.

    "Trade ties, military ties, regarding defence industry ties, we are completely suspending them," Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said in Ankara on Tuesday.

    "This process will be followed by different measures," said Erdogan, who referred to Israel as "a spoiled child".

    Turkey has not frozen military ties with Israel, Amos Gilad, the head of the Israeli defence ministry's diplomatic-security bureau, told Israel's Army Radio, saying that the Israeli military attache in Turkey is still serving as usual.

    "Turkey has a lot to lose from making this kind of extreme decision," Gilad said.

    The call to suspend the ties comes a day after the Turkish minister of economy had said that bilateral commercial ties would continue as usual, Al Jazeera's Serpil Karacan reported from Istanbul.

    Suspension of "the miiltary ties is very significant between the two countries to the degree that it'll have some impact on Turkey as well, especially for the Heron planes and especially for military intelligence," she said.

    Turkey downgraded diplomatic relations with its former ally to the level of second secretary last week after Israel refused to apologise for the deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish-flagged protest flotilla that killed nine pro-Palestinian activists last year.

    On Friday, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador in Ankara, suspended military deals and vowed a greater naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

    Erdogan said the Israeli diplomats who had been ordered out of Turkey must leave by Wednesday.

    'Excessive' force

    Last week, a United Nations-mandated inquiry into the deadly Israeli attack on the flotilla said Israel's action were "excessive".

    "Israel's decision to board the vessels with such substantial force at a great distance from the blockade zone and with no final warning immediately prior to the boarding was excessive and unreasonable," the inquiry says.

    The UN investigation into the events on the Turkish-flagged ship known as the Mavi Marmara, the largest of six vessels that were commandeered by Israeli commandos on May 31, 2010, was headed by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, a former prime minister of New Zealand, aided by Alvaro Uribe, the former Colombian president, along with a representative each from Israel and Turkey.

    It said, however, that the flotilla "acted recklessly in attempting to breach the naval blockade" set up by Israel around Gaza.

    The inquiry called for Israel to make "an appropriate statement of regret" for the raid and pay compensation to the families of the dead as well as to injured victims.

    Turkey and Israel should resume full diplomatic relations "repairing their relationship in the interests of stability in the Middle East," the report said.

    Gaza trip hinted

    Erdogan hinted on Tuesday that he might make a visit to Gaza, though adding that no final decision had been made yet.

    "We are talking with the Egyptians on this matter ... A trip to Gaza is not finalised yet," Erdogan, who is due to visit Egypt next week.

    Israel has expressed regret for the loss of lives in the 2010 flotilla raid but refused to issue an apology for what they say was their soldiers' act of "self-defence".

    Karacan said the tension between Israel and Turkey was deeply rooted and had escalated as Ankara displayed an active interest in the Palestinian question.

    "Israel was never happy that Turkey had a more Islamist-inclined government that shows more interest in the Palestinian question and takes it to heart and supports it in all international platforms," she said.

    Turkey suspends Israel defence and trade ties - Middle East - Al Jazeera English
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  3. pack leader

    pack leader Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

    May 22, 2011
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    the holy land
    threatening Cyprus about oil drilling
    invading northern Iraq
    making stupid remarks about action in Syria
    demanding apology for the death of terrorists from Israel
    they will choke on their own arrogance
    fuck them
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  4. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    I dont think the west and israel can ignore Turkey. The relations have been going down very dramatically. It is really sad that one of the more forward thinking muslim nation is now looking to take several steps back and join in with countries that are closed minded.

    I hope the trend is reversed soon. Some give and take between Turkey and the west should resolve all issues. Turks should also stop dreaming about anymore "caliphate" in this day and age and stop hallucinating about it. Its better to stay integrated with the rest of the world than bother too much about any stupid brotherhood.
  5. pack leader

    pack leader Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    the holy land
    as long as the Islamists in turkey are in charge this is a pipe dream
    we had high hopes that the secular army protector of Ataturk's republic will intervene
    but most high ranking generals are in prison

    we will launch a diplomatic campaign against them
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  6. A.V.

    A.V. New Member

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    Moscow, russia
    Turkey is the next ticking bomb i seriously hope its nipped sooner than later , almost 2 years since major powers are fiddling with the issue , Turkey if falls to these terrorist loving republics it will be a major cause of pain in the ass for many european and western powers.
  7. Godless-Kafir

    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

    Aug 21, 2010
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    Ya its sad, the army has become soft and the Islamist are having a field day over there!

    As i see it things are only going to get worse for Israel and India from now on, Dictators where only helping in keeping Arabs divided, democracy in Arabia only means Islam will have more power and say in the way their nations function.
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  8. Singh

    Singh Phat Cat Administrator

    Feb 23, 2009
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    Turkey is going down on the wrong path. Alhough there is justifiable anger against some quarters with Israel but this is the time for Turkey to show itself as a regional stabilizer.
    Israel is fearful, there is turmoil in middle east and Turkey by its actions is encouraging the Islamists all over the middle east to rise up against Israel. They should be assuaging the Israel and Middle East instead.
  9. Zebra

    Zebra Senior Member Senior Member

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    Turkish Warships To Escort Aid Vessels To Gaza

    Published: 8 Sep 2011 20:49 DUBAI - Turkish warships will escort the country's aid vessels bound for the Gaza Strip, protecting them from Israeli ships, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said .

    "Turkish warships will be tasked with protecting the Turkish boats bringing humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip," Erdogan told Al Jazeera television, according to an Arab-language translation of his comments in Turkish.

    "From now on, we will no longer allow these boats to be the targets of attacks by Israel, like the one on the Freedom flotilla, because then Israel will have to deal with an appropriate response," he warned.

    Erdogan was referring to the clash in May 2010 when Israeli commandos boarded a six-boat flotilla in international waters in a bid to stop it from breaching Israel's blockade on Gaza.

    Israeli troops killed nine Turkish nationals on the ship Mavi Marmara in the ensuing confrontation, sparking a diplomatic row between the two countries that has strained relations to breaking point.

    "Turkey will be firm on its right to control the territorial waters in the east of the Mediterranean," Erdogan added.

    Ankara had also "undertaken measures to prevent Israel unilaterally exploiting" the region's natural resources, he warned.

    The United Nations published a report last week condemning last year's Israeli intervention - but saying the blockade itself was legal.

    Ankara expelled the Israeli ambassador and suspended all military ties, including defense-related trade contracts, in retaliation for Israel's refusal to apologize for the raid.

  10. asianobserve

    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

    May 5, 2011
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    The Israeli and Turkish military are squeezed at the middle. These 2 institutions had a long track record of very close ties. Now the politicians on both sides are pitting them against the other... it'll be interesting to see how they will react when push comes to shove. The ME never fails at being a circus... Get your popcorn guys!

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