So much for the Obama Administration’s ham-handed efforts to force Israel to reconcile with the Islamist AKP regime in Turkey, which pretends to be bothered by Israel’s treatment of its fellow Hamas Islamists, when it isn’t butchering Kurds or threatening to ethnically cleanse Armenians.
Erdogan has now made it clear that there will be no resumption of relations with Israel unless the blockade of Hamas run Gaza ends.
Erdoğan, speaking in Kiev after talks with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, said Turkey has reminded anyone interested in mediating peace with Israel of its three conditions: A formal apology for a… Israeli raid on May 31, 2010, on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara… compensation for families of those killed in the raid and the lifting of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.
“Normalization is out of the question if any of these [conditions] are not met. If all these three conditions are met, then we would say ‘yes’ to mediators. Otherwise, mediators should spare the effort,” he said.
You have to give Erdogan some credit. The cheap Islamist thug has learned everything he knows about negotiations from the West Bank and Gaza. First set insane pre-conditions to the talks and then say that only if they are met will you agree to the talks.
Just to get Erdogan to the table, Israel would have to give Hamas an open sea for bringing in all the Turkish weapons it wants. And what exactly is he going to demand once Israel gets to the table?