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Obama brokers Netanyahu apology to Turkey over ‘Mavi Marmara’ attack

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The following is from a White House press pool report– written by a reporter, circulated by the White House– from Israel today. 

Two senior admin officials came back to address the issue of the phone call between [Israeli PM Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Turkish PM Recep] Erdogan. Transcript is forthcoming, here are highlights: Netanyahu apologized for the Mavi Mara flotilla incident and acknowledged “operational mistakes,” said one official. Erdogan accepted the apology, according to this official. The other sao [senior administration official] called this a “first step” toward normalization of relations between the two countries. They said this had been the subject of talks between Obama and Netanyahu in Jerusalem this week. The call took place in the trailer at the aiport just before Obama took off. The leaders talked for about 30 minutes. At some point, Obama got on the phone.

Israel’s attack on the Gaza flotilla ship, the Mavi Marmara in 2010, killed nine people, including one Turkish-American, and led to a breakdown in Israeli-Turkish relations.  

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  1. Justpassingby
    March 22, 2013, 11:20 am

    We will of course still hear Erdogan using his anti-israeli rhetoric, while in reality he is keeping his ties open with Israel covertly. Past years, up to 2011, Erdogan was seemlingly a quite rational guy on his policy on the Middle East issues, today however – he belongs to the same group of US and israeli puppet regimes of the Gulf.

    • K Renner
      K Renner
      March 22, 2013, 11:35 am

      The Turkish people are still pretty staunchly anti-Zionist, I believe.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      March 22, 2013, 11:43 am

      Absolutely. If this is confirmed (and I have my doubts) then it will just prove what many of us have been saying all along: that Erdogan’s ‘anti-Israel’ rhetoric was for display purposes only. In reality, he and his government never intended to cut ties with Israel, and if it wasn’t for the obtuse arrogance of Netanyahu et al, would have ‘normalised’ relations long ago. If Erdogan accepts a mere verbal -and conditional – ‘apology’, without any form of compensation for the deaths of the Turkish citizens, he deserves contempt.

    • Avi_G.
      March 22, 2013, 11:57 am

      Obama’s trip to Israel wasn’t only a victory for Netanyahu, but also a victory for the Lobby. The Israel Lobby showed Turkey who’s boss. Israel gets to use Turkish airspace for military flights. Turkey will continue to cooperate with Israel in matters related to Syria and Iran.

      So after Israel killed 9 Turkish citizens in INTERNATIONAL waters, all Turkey got from Netanyahu was an apology over the phone.

      And this wasn’t the first time the U.S. put Israel’s interests ahead of its own interests.

    • Sumud
      March 22, 2013, 12:59 pm

      I’m not sure if I’d call Turkey a puppet regime like UAE or Bahrain for example, but Erdogan and his FM really have made a misstep with their contribution to the mess in Syria (along with Qatar, KSA and the US).

      So much for the zero-problems-with-neighbours they were supposed to have adopted.

      I’m curious to know Israel’s role in the Syrian fiasco, if there is one.

      • Justpassingby
        March 22, 2013, 4:39 pm

        Israel dont do any practical things (besides the bombing some weeks back) in Syria they let US, NATO and useful idiots like jihadists do the dirty work. Make no mistake, US, NATO part in Syria are directly tied to shia Assad being an allied with Iran and therefore an obstacle that must be removed before the grand war on Iran.

    • March 22, 2013, 11:08 pm

      Erdogan serves two masters and speaks with forked tongue. Talk to any Arab and they’ll enlighten you on the subject.

  2. ramzijaber
    March 22, 2013, 11:21 am

    Yet again, Obama and USA are the dedicated agents of the zionist criminal regime, doing what needs to be done for the interest of israel and israel only. How sad a superpower like USA is so dominated by and subjected under the control of a zionist foreign entity and foreign ideology. No more USA pride.

  3. Rusty Pipes
    Rusty Pipes
    March 22, 2013, 11:35 am

    That’s eight Turkish citizens. What about the ninth — American citizen, Furkan Dogan? Has Netanyahu apologized for him? Or is he just chopped liver to our politicians like other Americans, Rachel Corrie and the crew of the USS Liberty?

    • Blank State
      Blank State
      March 22, 2013, 10:25 pm

      “Or is he just chopped liver to our politicians like other Americans, Rachel Corrie and the crew of the USS Liberty?”

      Don’t forget Tristan Anderson and Emily Henochowitz. And I believe, MANY others. A coupla thousand.

  4. jon s
    jon s
    March 22, 2013, 11:36 am

    More details are coming out: the media here are reporting that together with the Israeli apology for “operational mistakes” , Turkey will cancel the legal procedures initiated against Israelis. The Turkish demand to end the blockade of Gaza has also been dropped (or become irrelevant). Ambassadors will return to Tel Aviv and Ankara.

    • ramzijaber
      March 22, 2013, 12:05 pm

      Another sellout to the criminal zioist regime….

    • Avi_G.
      March 22, 2013, 12:09 pm

      When Israel agreed to sign the Camp David Accords with Egypt, it got everything it could ever wish for from the U.S. while Egypt got absolutely nothing.

      Israel got more aid, annually. Israel got military equipment and facilities built by the US. Israel got favorable natural gas deals from Egypt. And during the Mubarak years, Egypt ‘sold’ that gas to Israel at a significant loss.

      In return, Egypt got its land back, land that Israel took over by force in a war of aggression. The Sinai remains demilitarized, as such Egyptian sovereignty was never restored to the peninsula.

      The biggest winner was Israel.

      The same is happening today between Turkey and Israel. Turkey gets the boot while Israel gets everything. Meanwhile the U.S. sits on the sidelines like a useful idiot.

      • OlegR
        March 22, 2013, 5:14 pm

        You really should share with people where to you get that stuff you seem to be smoking .

      • Avi_G.
        March 23, 2013, 2:29 am

        OlegR says:
        March 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

        You really should share with people where to you get that stuff you seem to be smoking .

        It’s called being educated and well-read. You should look into it some time. And I’m sure you can find someone to translate the Hebrew sources (Or English) to Russian if your Hebrew is still rusty. I know that ivrit kasha safa for you.

      • Taxi
        March 23, 2013, 2:58 am

        Oleg why don’t you ever write more than two sentences? And actually provide respectable links that disprove what you disagree with?

        Clearly a Russian colonialist like you is way past just “smoking” the ziocaine – you’re now injecting it intravenously. This explains your lazy pen and your discordant, dull sarcasm.

      • Ellen
        March 23, 2013, 4:36 am

        Egypt did get an aid package — like Israel, a payoff to play along. But for that package, Egypt is required to purchase massive amounts of Wheat from the US.

        Parts of Sinai is still riddled with mines and Israel was never required to provide locations of the mines. So in a big way, Israel still maintains much control.

    • Kathleen
      March 22, 2013, 12:12 pm

      rolling over

    • Avi_G.
      March 22, 2013, 12:17 pm

      In addition, Egypt never got back all the cash and gold that Israel pillaged from banks in the Sinai when it attacked in 1967. Nor did Egypt receive compensation for the more than 200 Egyptian POWs that Israel executed after it had already captured them.

    • Hostage
      March 23, 2013, 9:43 pm

      More details are coming out: the media here are reporting that together with the Israeli apology for “operational mistakes” , Turkey will cancel the legal procedures initiated against Israelis.

      Not according to the Jerusalem Post:

      Erdogan: Too soon to drop case against IDF officers
      Turkish PM says it is still too early to fully restore diplomatic ties with Israel, appoint new ambassadors.

      Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that despite Israel’s apology over the IDF raid of the 2010 Gaza-bound flotilla, it is still too early to drop the case against IDF generals accused by Ankara of being responsible for the death of nine Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara, Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported.

      Erdogan said Netanyahu’s apology satisfied Turkish expectations when he used the word “apology” instead of “regret,” but that it was still too soon to fully restore diplomatic ties and appoint new ambassadors, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported.

      “We will see what will be put into practice during the process. If they [Israel] move forward in a promising way, we will make our contribution. Then, there would be an exchange of ambassadors,” he said.

  5. BillM
    March 22, 2013, 11:53 am

    So Obama’s only actual accomplishment on this trip carefully avoids having anything to do with Palestinians, but reinforces the Israeli position? As I said yesterday in another thread, this trip could be called the Status Quo Reinforcement Tour. Shoring up Israel, Abbas, and Jordan. The only thing it’s lacking is a quick jaunt over to Saudi Arabia to be sure they still are keeping activists in Gulf down.

  6. Dan Crowther
    Dan Crowther
    March 22, 2013, 11:55 am

    Looks like the vaunted Turkish Israel Lobby strikes again, how did they ever get Erdogan on the phone?

    • lysias
      March 22, 2013, 4:42 pm

      how did they ever get Erdogan on the phone?

      Conference call that included the White House?

    • W.Jones
      March 22, 2013, 5:15 pm

      “how did they ever get Erdogan on the phone?”
      Did you hear about the time the Isr. president called Bush, and Bush’s aide replied that Bush was in the middle of a speech? Guess what happened?

    • March 22, 2013, 11:04 pm

      Rest assured, Americans will pay for it. To both sides.

    • Dan Crowther
      Dan Crowther
      March 23, 2013, 5:02 pm

      Or maybe Erdogan thinks the Western Camp is his best bet.

  7. adele
    March 22, 2013, 11:57 am

    SO…….Obama did broker a peace after all!!

    • zenreaper
      March 22, 2013, 2:12 pm

      If he is credited with the deal, doesn’t that make Israel into the US’s control? If I worked out some kind of deal where I apologized (thus admitting guilt, and setting a precedent, this is not all bad) for an action on behalf of a nation/state, I am not letting “the guy that beat my buddy Romney {possible thoughts, not actual quote}”, take credit for setting it up. Get real. I don’t like that the Nobel prize winning President goes to a country occupying another country, and claims to work out a peace deal with a third party giving in to everything the other side wanted. I again apologize for my people (Americans).

  8. Kathleen
    March 22, 2013, 12:05 pm

    “Netanyahu apologized for the Mavi Mara flotilla incident and acknowledged “operational mistakes,” said one official. Erdogan accepted the apology, according to this official.”

    “operational mistakes” Yeah right. Premeditated executions. They had a list, booklets of those they were going to exe cute some say. There are video clips that made it off the Mavi Marmara that show a booklet found on Israeli soldiers who were on the Mavi Marmara. I believe these soldiers who were temporarily apprehended by passengers were allegedly carrying this booklet showing pictures of some of those on the ship that were executed.

    “Operational mistakes” Like the Israeli soldiers blowing Furkan Dogan in the head numerous times at close range for filming what was going on. As well as others who were executed. “Operational mistakes”

    UN Report on what took place on the Mavi Marmara

    Netanyahu “Operational Mistakes”
    The findings of external examinations carried out on the
    bodies of the deceased were
    summarized as follows:
    Body no. 1: Bullet wounds: two in the abdomen-chest on the left side, one tangential wound on the left side of the abdomen, on the back from the right, on the right elbow, in the right arm, on the left hand, two on the left thigh. Superficial lacerations on the face, abrasions and scratches.

    Body no. 2: Bullet wounds: on the right side of the head, on the right side of the back of the neck, on the right cheek, underneath the chin, on the right side of the back, on the left thigh. A bullet was palpated on the left side of the chest. Abrasion on the right arm.

    Body no. 3: Bullet wound on the right side of the back of the neck, two bullet wounds on the right side of the back of the neck, a bullet wound on the right side of the abdomen, a bullet wound on the right side of the lower back, a bullet wound on the left back-buttock.

    Body no. 4: Bullet wounds: on the left breast, the left buttock, the right shoulder, the right thigh, the right calf, two in the left thigh. Subcutaneous bleeding on the right side of the forehead. Lacerations on the forehead. Variousadditional abrasions.

    Body no. 5: Two bullet wounds in the left shoulder, bullet wound in the right side of the chest, bullet wound in the right shoulder, bullet wound in the right thigh.

    Body no. 6: Bullet wounds in the forehead and the back of the neck. Abrasion wounds on the right side of the forehead, the nose, the right knee.

    Body no. 7: Bullet wounds on the left side of the chest,subcutaneous bleeding on the back,the left calf, and right elbow joint.

    Body no. 8: Bullet wounds on the front of the right ear, bullet palpated under the skin of the torso on the left side, two bullet
    wounds on the right side of the back, bullet wound on the right buttock, various abrasions.

    Body no. 9: Bullet wounds in the area of the right temple/back of neck, bullet wound in the left nipple, bullet wound in the area of the scalp-forehead on the left side, bullet wound on the face (nose),
    bulllet wound on the left torso, bullet wound on the right side of the back, two bullet wounds in the left thigh, two bullet wounds as a
    result of the bullet passing through toes four and five on the left foot

    bb “operational mistakes”

    “bullet wounds in the area of the right temple/back of neck, bullet wound in the left nipple, bullet wound in the are of the scalp-forehead on the left side, bullet wound on the face (nose), bullet wound on the left torso, bullet would on the right side of the back, two bullet wound in the left thigh, two bullet wounds as a result of the bullet passing through toes four and five on the left foot”

    THIS IS HOW MANY TIMES THESE PSYCHOPATHIC ISRAELI SOLDIERS SHOT BULLETS INTO ONE PERSON. OPERATIONAL MISTAKES. If there is a hell these Israeli soldiers are for sure going there because we know there will be no justice during their lives.

    So Erdogan received a fake apology from bb. But the US State Dept under Hillary Clinton did not even ask Israel for an apology for executing a 19 years old Turkish American citizen Furkan Dogan. Nope no apology and retired Colonel Anne Wrights letters to then Secretary of State Clinton about this execution have I don’t believe ever been responded to.

    Clinton Refuses to Answer My Questions About Gaza Flotilla
    Friday 06 August 2010

    by: Ann Wright, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

  9. pabelmont
    March 22, 2013, 12:34 pm

    This, above all other things, shows that Obama is a convinced accomplice of the Zionist conspiracy against the world (including USA). Where Turkey HAD been willing to lead an international action to curb Israeli lawlessness, it appears now to be willing to withdraw its leadership. The long path to put the “S” into “BDS” will now appear to be indefinite. We (civil society) must soldier along, but now, without much hope. “Not in My Lifetime” (God speaking) takes on especial poignancy today.

  10. Kathleen
    March 22, 2013, 12:41 pm

    wow Huff Po allowed my above comments/info to almost go right up on the blog about Netanyahu apologizing for flat out “executions” that he called “operational mistakes”. The truth is breaking through over there

  11. doug
    March 22, 2013, 1:13 pm

    FP Realist hat on
    Well, now we know the real reason O went to the Israel. Turkey.

  12. kalithea
    March 22, 2013, 1:26 pm

    Oh! And did Obama request an apology on behalf of the American people for the execution and murder of Furkan Dogan? And did he request an apology for one of the first American activists to bravely oppose ETHNIC CLEANSING by Zionists and who was also unarmed and murdered just the same?

    To date Americans have failed to demand justice and so recognize and honor the bravery of their sister, Rachel Corrie, who fulfilled her righteous responsibility to speak out on behalf of the oppressed and persecuted and who’s meaningful, purpose-driven life was cut down so that Zionists could continue with their policy of ETHNIC CLEANSING and theft.

    So Obama, cares squat for the Americans who were unarmed and executed and goes out of his way to get an apology for Turkish victims. Now tell me, everyone, do you really believe that Nobama cares what happened to these Turkish victims?

    This has to do with the fact that Turkey is a staging ground for Syria and Israel is undoubtedly the intelligence operator inside Syria and Obama needs all participants in this Syrian invasion which is masked by the proxy “civil war” playing nice together to bring about the end that will benefit all parties…except of course the Syrian people.

  13. Egbert
    March 22, 2013, 2:34 pm

    “Israel’s prime minister has apologised to Turkey for “any errors that could have led to loss of life” during the 2010 commando raid on an aid flotilla that tried to breach the Gaza blockade.”

    Great non-apology there, apologizing for the errors not the loss of life. Go Obama!

    • March 22, 2013, 11:02 pm

      Yes, the non-apology apology of a true psychopath.

  14. biorabbi
    March 22, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Turkey and Israel need one another regarding one crucial issue, Syria. As Syria implodes, Turkey and Israel both face a new hostile, dangerous border and neighbor. Syria’s zero neighbor problem is no more, the Kurds are increasingly restless, Israeli’s quiet Golan border is no more. To say Edrogan is now a zionist is farce judging from his comments just days ago.

    Obviously Israel and Syria have been cooperating very closely on the intel level in the past year while publicly hostile. For Obama to mediate such a phone call(if true), shows he is a true friend of Israel and a zionist at heart(as I’ve suspected all along).

    • Blank State
      Blank State
      March 22, 2013, 10:31 pm

      “Blablahblah…..As Syria implodes…blahblahblah…”

      Didn’t you mean to say “Blablahblah…..As Israel and the USA work to implode Syria…blahblahblah…”…..????

      • Taxi
        March 23, 2013, 5:49 am

        Syria is rocked but it ain’t imploding. Two years ago since the Syrian troubles started, zionists gave Syria 12-18 months before it collapses. It ain’t happened and won’t be happening.

        Regardless of what we may negatively say about the secular Assad family’s 40 year grip on Syrian seats of power, they are by far more politically predictable than the crazed moslem salafists attempting, with the help of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, israel and USA, to usurp Assad’s power.

        It would appear that if push comes to shove, a secular dictatorship is more dependable when it comes to regional stability than a motley crew of religious extremists in power.

  15. Chu
    March 22, 2013, 2:45 pm

    Israel needs Turkey in the long game plan. What is an apology worth at this point in time? Erdogan seems has the upper hand in restoring relations and I wonder if it will go back to normal. Somehow, I doubt it.

    • biorabbi
      March 22, 2013, 3:23 pm

      Chu, do you realize that trade between Turkey and Israel is very strong. There was never an economic boycott of Turkey for Israeli products or the reverse. Economic trade… measured in dollars… is quite high. Intelligence which we cannot measure is also most likely close. As for Israeli tourists, there are regions of Turkey which will absolutely love this news. Turkey and Israel remain natural allies… and President Obama facilitated the nuptials and kiss.

      • libra
        March 23, 2013, 11:01 am

        Dear Dr. Biorabbi,

        I’m a middle-aged but, as everyone tells me, still very attractive Jewish man who until recently was in a long-term romance with a ravishing Turkish woman. It was all going wonderfully well until I got into a very heated, indeed violent, argument, with her sons and she demanded I apologize. Of course, I was too proud to do so. After that it really went very cold and we stopped even speaking to one another. It was then that I noticed just how attractive her Greek neighbor was. And in next to no time at we started a passionate affair and I forgot all about the Turkish woman.

        Then out of the blue a mutual friend of myself and the Turkish woman dropped by, said he’d spoken to her and she was keen to get back with me if I’d just quietly say through him that I was sorry. Suddenly the prospect of getting back into bed with her thrilled me.

        But Dr. Biorabbi, what should I do about the Greek woman? I really want to keep seeing her. It’s not as if I’m after her money; she’s unfortunately penniless. Nor is she just some young infatuation; she’s actually older than me but her classical beauty is still stunning. Now I feel torn. Is it unnatural to want them both equally? I still think I’m man enough to satisfy them both. The trouble is they absolutely hate each other; they haven’t spoken for years after a bitter boundary dispute, and I really just don’t think either would understand. I couldn’t bear to lose both and be all alone again.

        Dr. Biorabbi, I’m at my wits end. Isn’t there a way for me to enjoy both my Greek honey and my Turkish delight? But if I can only have one of my sweethearts, which should it be?

        Please, please help me, Dr. Biorabbi.


    • seafoid
      March 23, 2013, 4:02 am

      Israel needs turkey because a key foundation on which zionism was built- compliant secular arab dictatorships- no longer reflects reality. Jewish self determination in such a volatile region is for the birds. especially with the bot history of backstabbing.

  16. biorabbi
    March 22, 2013, 3:25 pm

    President Obama expressing his love for Israel, the US brokered Edgrogan–Bibi make out session. Not a good week for the cause of BDS.

  17. jon s
    jon s
    March 22, 2013, 3:30 pm

    All in all, a positive development, smart move by both sides.

  18. Rusty Pipes
    Rusty Pipes
    March 22, 2013, 4:10 pm

    Since the majority of Turks oppose invention in Syria and expect more than a little apology for Israel’s “operational mistakes” on the Mavi Marmara, improved relations between Israel and Turkey on these terms may impede Erdogan’s reelection prospects.

  19. lysias
    March 22, 2013, 4:40 pm

    I wonder if there’s a connection between this development and the ceasefire of the PKK Kurdish rebels with the Turkish government that PKK leader Öcalan announced yesterday.

    (I still strongly suspect that the PKK attack on the Turkish naval base in İskenderun/Alexandretta — the closest Turkish naval base to Israel, and thus the base from which any Turkish naval assistance for the Freedom Flotilla would have set forth from — two hours before the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara — an attack that caused the death of six Turkish sailors — was prearranged with Israel.)

  20. Keith
    March 22, 2013, 5:53 pm

    A couple of quotes from a February 28 article by Ramzy Baroud

    “An Israeli-Turkish rapprochement is unmistakably underway, but unlike the heyday of their political alignment of the 1990’s, the revamped relationship is likely to be more guarded and will pose a greater challenge to Turkey rather than to Israel.”

    “According to the Radikal report (published in Feb 20 and cited by Israeli Haaretz two days later), Israel is willing to meet two of Turkey’s conditions for the resumption of full ties: an apology, and compensation to the families of the victims. “Turkey has also demanded Israel lift the siege,” on Gaza, Haaretz reported, citing Radikal, “but is prepared to drop that demand.”

    “This is only the tip of the iceberg. If these reports are even partially credible, Turkish-Israeli relations are being carefully, but decidedly repaired. This stands in contrast with declared Turkish foreign policy and the many passionate statements by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other leading Turkish politicians.”

  21. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    March 22, 2013, 8:27 pm

    I think the general tone of comment here is missing the big picture. Netanyahu apologizing to Erdogan is a huge step. The bully has to say he’s sorry to a Muslim, to someone who last week called Zionism a crime against humanity. I bet Avigdor Lieberman is ready to run against him on that single issue, if he can survive his prosecution. Netanyahu’s weakness is manifest, his days on top of this coalition are numbered. Plus he agreed to pay reparations in exchange for settling the claims against Israel, so Turkey got an apology and reparations, i.e., Turkey won. Erdogan’s star in the Muslim world has got to be way up there, while Netanyahu’s national stature will soon be a sour memory. Obama may be too craven to criticize Israel in the face of domestic pressure from the lobby, but he’s made Netanyahu be craven, as well. Redline-bomb-at-the-UN Bibi just apologized to Turkey for being a poor neighbor, out of line on the open seas. Obama avoided a confrontation with Netanyahu, but made Bibi humble himself to a Muslim in someone else’s confrontation. He’s using American power to reassure Israel on security, but he’s also making Israel atone for one its sins. NATO is strengthened, in the face of Syrian unrest. The Israeli public’s reaction will be important. We’ll see if a new tone of realism sets in. There’s a lot more to celebrate in this stunner than the comment here acknowledges.

    • FreddyV
      March 23, 2013, 4:51 am

      Gotta say David, that’s how I read the whole thing.

      I think Obama is playing the long game here. Installing Hagel was the first step. While he prostrated his self to the Israel lobby to get in, his personal opinions are most likely unchanged, which will be reflected in his actions. Obama is in a second term and Netanyahu is weakened.

      There’s a lot of disapproval here, but it feels like there’s a shift. I wouldn’t be surprised if we all woke up one day to find that the situation changes at the same rapid pace that South Africa did and without a shot fired.

      Here’s hoping…….

  22. MRW
    March 22, 2013, 8:41 pm

    Give Obama another Nobel.

  23. March 22, 2013, 10:59 pm

    Yep. That’s exactly what I though. Slowly but surely, the real reasons for this trip are sipping through the layers of bullsh*t. Gotta wonder how much that apology is going to cost the American taxpayers.

    And that apology is akin to the apology of a psychopath in a courtroom, mustered with clenched teeth and meaning “I’m saying sorry so that you shut up already.”

    • Citizen
      March 23, 2013, 7:52 am


      There’s probably already a bill being passed around in the US congress to add another $6.1 million aid to Israel to cover Netanyahu’s compensation offer for the murders. It will be stuck in some legislation that is totally unrelated and referenced by some abstraction such as “support for the State Of Israel’s revamping of certain procedures regarding assists on the high seas.”

      Turkey’s no longer champion of the Palestinians in Gaza. That was a brief accolade, eh?

      Turkey will put forth more effort to gain full Israeli acceptance into NATO? It’s like an honorary member now, if memory serves, and sits in on key NATO meetings.

      • March 23, 2013, 12:27 pm

        You are correct. This is only what the shill revealed in public but history shows that there’s more, a lot more behind the scenes. This was on 3/21/13 during his tour of apology to ISreal:

        Obama: Steps to Ensure Funding for Iron Dome is Uninterrupted

        Full video of Netanyahu-Obama press conference and full text of U.S. President’s statements.

        U.S. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday in a news conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he would take steps to ensure that U.S. funding for Iron Dome is not interrupted.

  24. IL1948
    March 23, 2013, 2:30 am

    Israel is forced to apologize for defending its own sovereignty And the lunatic echo chamber still manages to find a way to spin the story in an anti-Jewish way.

    • annie
      March 23, 2013, 11:45 am

      Israel is forced to apologize for defending its own sovereignty

      their destination was gaza. they were not delivering weapons. who’s the lunatic!

    • March 23, 2013, 12:21 pm

      ISreal wasn’t defending its own sovereignty. ISreal was defending an illegal embargo. What makes it illegal you ask? The UN saying it is. What makes any UN decision binding and legal you ask? Well, the passing of Resolution 181 back in 1947 for one. Acting like thugs, terrorists and criminals and committing crimes against humanity is simply that. As for the “anti-jewish” dribble. LOL! Hey, at least it’s not like you called people ‘anti-semitic™” or anything.

      Anti-semitic™: (1) word used to stiffle all criticism of ISreal’s wrongdoing; (2) the last refuge of Zionists with no valid argument; (3) word widely use to defend atrocities committed by transplants from Europe, Russia and Brooklyn to Palestine.

    • Cliff
      March 23, 2013, 12:45 pm

      There were no weapons on the ship.

      Israeli terrorists illegally boarded the ship. Then they executed civilians.

    • Hostage
      March 23, 2013, 9:51 pm

      Israel is forced to apologize for defending its own sovereignty And the lunatic echo chamber still manages to find a way to spin the story in an anti-Jewish way.

      Israel doesn’t have sovereign jurisdiction over commerce between other states. If the attack on an humanitarian relief flotilla in international waters is an example of the “Jewish way”, then sign me up as a member of the opposition.

    • talknic
      March 24, 2013, 12:07 pm

      IL1948 “Israel is forced to apologize for defending its own sovereignty”

      Uh? Israel’s sovereignty ends at Israel’s borders and territorial waters which have not legally changed from May 15th 1948, when Israel was recognized as it asked to be recognized: as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947

  25. Taxi
    March 23, 2013, 4:04 am

    All these ziobama maneuvers are acts of ziodesperation. A desperation they are desperately keen to keep from their public and the world at large. Let’s look at the proven facts:

    After the 2006 war that showed 35,000 israeli soldiers being forced to retreat from the battlefield by 3000 Lebanese resistance fighters, and after the last israeli assault on Gaza where zionist tel aviv was hit by Gaza rockets for some seven days before the zionists ‘suddenly’ stopped their assault and Gaza likewise ended their rocket response, zionist eggheads now realize that their regional power is MOST CERTAINLY on the decline. This is something they are very desperate to cover up.

    The israelis are not able to withstand a war that can now reach their main cities – they’ve been militarily checked, despite their superior weaponry. You could say there’s no way in hell they can start a war and go it ALONE from here on. They absolutely need American help, not just as their arms supplier, but actual physical American help in any future conflict, be it localized or regional. Yes, the zios and our American intelligence have soberly assessed that any military conflict in the region between israel and her neighbors will find israel losing the war. They simply CANNOT win any more wars by themselves. It would take no more than forty-eight hours of an all out missile blitz on tel aviv by any one of their neighbors, before half the israeli population heads to Ben Gurion airport if the airport isn’t hit – and if it is, then Jordan is the ONLY open gateway for them – and this route ain’t exactly 100% safe. Hence their dire clinging to our apron and simultaneous jack-booting of our American politicians. These are desperate times for israel indeed. And the more desperate they get, the more desperate and extreme their clinging to us.

    Obama HAD to go to israel to assure the pitifully insecure israelis whose mass-murdering crimes over the past sixty years have made them enemies at every single one of their (stolen) borders. Bringing the Turkish government back in their circle of regional friends is part and parcel of ziobama’s (in)security tour. Will it help israelis feel more secure to have Turkey by their side? Well Turkey borders not israel, but Syria, Iraq and Iran to the east. Will Turkey allow israeli jets to fly over their territory to strike at Iran? Only a suicidal Turkish government will – cuz believe you and me, the Turkish people by and large DO NOT consider themselves friends of israel.

    Thus the israelis keep repeating the same mistake: they make alliances with craven governments BUT NOT WITH PEOPLE.

    There is NO REMEDY for israeli insecurities – payback is a b*itch and they fully know it’s at their doorstep. And it ain’t going away just because they make a freaking fone call to the leader of one of their enemies.

    In the final analysis, there will never be an israel that is satisfied with it’s security measures – because israel has no concept of how to make friends. But it sure as hell knows how to make enemies and how to bully foreign politicians into PRETENDING they are friends.

    From within, israel is being eaten alive by it’s own Apartheid system – and from without, none of it’s neighbors are too weak to resist it’s aggressions no more.

    Now that’s what I call a pickle. And the pickling is being done mainly by ashkanazim (convert) jews themselves. When israel finally falls, and with it the reputation of world jewery, it will be because of their own policies and hostilities, not because of some antisemitic shmitler.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      March 23, 2013, 2:09 pm

      ”Only a suicidal Turkish government will – cuz believe you and me, the Turkish people by and large DO NOT consider themselves friends of israel.”


      Does anyone have any links to Turkish reaction to this news? Generally speaking, the Turkish people are very pro-Palestinian. They are also very nationalistic, and don’t take at all kindly to their citizens being murdered by maurading dopes on ropes on the high seas. So I would say Erdogan’s acceptance of this non-apology ‘apology’ is highly risky from an electoral point of view.

  26. Qualtrough
    March 23, 2013, 7:16 am

    Israeli needs Turkey on board for the Syria and Iran campaigns, so makes perfect sense. Not really an apology either. Very much akin to the “I am sorry if [what I did] bothered you” genre of faux apologies.

  27. Citizen
    March 23, 2013, 8:16 am

    Anybody know if Israel also apologized for Dogan, the American citizen? Did Israel agree to any compensation to his family as well? Did the WH spokes critter say anything about that lawsuit? We know from FOIA documents the US would not even deal with Dogan’s parents until they had talked things over with Israel. Hillary made a public statement the US cares about its citizens and is looking to Israel for investigation and explanation.

    USS Liberty–an accident-no Israeli negligence
    Rachel Corrie–another accident-no Israeli negligence
    F Dogan–yet another accident; maybe some faulty IDF procedures

    I guess Turkey’s now dropping its law suits against the IDF soldiers involved in Mavi Marmara attack. US never filed any against Israel for any Israeli-caused US deaths, did it?

    • Egbert
      March 24, 2013, 8:32 am

      Why would Netanyahu apologize for the murder of the American? Erdogan demanded an apology for the murder of Turkish citizens and Netanyahu refused. Now Netanyahu has faux-apologised to Turkey because Obama pleaded for a bone, a very small bone. Who (at national politico level) is demanding an apology? Almost all US politicos have sold out so they won’t demand anything. No other country has standing, so Israel can murder Americans with impunity, a precedent set by the murder of the Liberty crew members. And those US politicos are happy with that.

  28. amigo
    March 23, 2013, 8:34 am

    Recently , MW shared an unedited Tape of the Mavi Mari attack.

    Does anyone have the link.

    I would like to offer it to a few Zio apologists who insist that Israel did not attack first.


  29. Justpassingby
    March 23, 2013, 9:18 am

    Now even Hamas support Turkey’s decision and babbling nonsense about Israel alleged promise to lift the blockade!

  30. mondonut
    March 23, 2013, 11:15 am

    Justpassingby says:Now even Hamas support Turkey’s decision and babbling nonsense about Israel alleged promise to lift the blockade!
    So I guess that means that now Hamas are also Zionists?

  31. Taxi
    March 23, 2013, 1:13 pm

    So Obama managed to get israel to apologize to Turkey for their premeditated crimes against nine Turkish nationals – but he couldn’t get israel to apologize for the hideous murder of Rachel Corrie?!

    Nice bit of patriotic footwork there mister prezident!

    • Obsidian
      March 24, 2013, 9:12 am

      Pre-meditated paint balls against armed fanatics.
      Brilliant, Israel! Brilliant.

      • Sumud
        March 24, 2013, 8:40 pm

        Pre-meditated paint balls against armed fanatics.

        Who do you think you’re kidding Obsidian?

        Nine peace activists executed by the IDF with multiple gunshot wounds and about 50 more injured by being shot, blood everywhere vs. One knife wound and a few broken limbs on the part of the IDF.

        We know who the armed fanatics were, and it wasn’t the people on the Mavi Marmara!

  32. Taxi
    March 24, 2013, 3:06 pm

    Turkey friends with israel? Think again.

    Israelis should not be deluded here: they should know that they have no friends in the region. And they never will. Not after 65 years of unjust brutality and numerous war crimes.

  33. jon s
    jon s
    March 24, 2013, 4:10 pm

    There’s another angle to the Turkey-Israel relationship. According to some reports it’s the real story: natural gas.

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