Chutzpah–Israeli official says Turkey ‘killing’ relations with Israel over Gaza flotilla charges


Though Israel has refrained from issuing an official response to indictments, sources within the foreign ministry say move reflects tailspin in relations between Ankara and Jerusalem.

ed note–Jewish thinking and projection at its finest. Israel violently assaults a ship bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza, kills close to a dozen people, Turkey brings murder charges against those responsible, and then Israel’s response is that Turkey is being the unreasonable player in all of this.

The worst part is that–apart from a FEW sane voices within the Jewish community–for the most part Jewish interests worldwide will agree with the statement that it is all Turkey’s fault and that the Jewish people and their ‘state’ are the innocent, blameless victims in all of it.

Haaretz

Israel did not respond officially to the submission of a Turkish indictment against four former top IDF officers, yet a foreign ministry official stated anonymously on Monday that the indictment reflects a tailspin in relations between Ankara and Jerusalem. “Erdogan is systematically killing relations between the two states,” the official said.

The court in Istanbul voted unanimously to approve an indictment against Israel’s former military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, along with the former heads of its navy, air force intelligence, and military intelligence, Eliezer Marom, Amos Yadlin, and Avishai Levi, the Anadolu Agency said. They face nine consecutive life terms in prison for “inciting to kill monstrously, and by torturing,” according to Turkey’s state-run news agency.

Former Chief of Staff Ashkenazi released a response saying that “Turkey is an important state, and it shares with Israel a common interest in stability in the Middle East, and I am sure that in the end common sense will prevail.” Ashkenazi added that “from the start of this affair I chose to appear in every forum, and defend IDF soldiers and the IDF itself; the soldiers and the army carried out its mission in the field, for the benefit of the state.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said he thinks that heavy international pressure will be exerted on Turkey, calling on it to scuttle this indictment. “We view this as a grave development,” he said. “Things have lost all proportion.”

It is unlikely Israeli military members will be brought before Turkey’s judicial system, since Israel does not regard them as criminals. If they are convicted in absentia at the end of the trial process, which could take months if not years, the Turkish court could issue an order for their arrest, but such a move would be symbolic and not binding.

According to Turkish news agencies, nine life sentences were demanded – one for each of the casualties aboard the Mavi Marmara – as part of the indictment, which calls for a combined 18,000 years of imprisonment for the four former officers, punishment for crimes committed during the raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla. The indictment includes 490 victims and complainants, among them 189 were injured during the raid.

  1. #1 by amerikagulag on May 31, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    The “Pirates of the Mediterranean” don’t like their noses being rubbed in their doo-doo.

  2. #2 by Al on May 31, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    I wonder, beside US, who is a real friend of Israel in this world? It looks like everybody is angry at these people…

  3. #3 by Ingrid B on May 31, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    “Former Chief of Staff Ashkenazi released a response saying that “Turkey is an important state, and it shares with Israel a common interest in Former Chief of Staff Ashkenazi released a response saying that “Turkey is an important state, and it shares with Israel a common interest in stability in the Middle East” :

    stability in the Middle East? I don`t think the parasites are trying to be funny, they probably believe what they are saying, ridiculous as it may sound to the rest of us.. Wasn`t it strange, how only Turks were targeted? almost as though a message was being sent.. The parasitic thugs also pinned the blame for “cast lead” on the Palestinians in Gaza..

    My final thought is, the Turks probably knew, that there wasn`t a snowball in hell`s chance that any of the thugs would be punished..

  4. #4 by joe on May 31, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    The hell with Israel everybody hates Israel it’s about time they start saying it

  5. #5 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on May 31, 2012 - 9:33 pm

    I doubt anything will come of this but I hope I’m wrong. These parasitical criminals seem to get away with everything.

  6. #6 by Houlio on June 1, 2012 - 12:55 am

    I think they should spread the 18K years around some, starting at the top, with a maximum of 20.

    Throw the whole knesset in the clink, and the war-hawks, in the drink.

    And – how – many – life – preservers – shall – we – throw?

    Or make ‘em walk the plank.

  7. #7 by Patty on June 1, 2012 - 3:05 am

    Turkey is all bluff & show. They probably called the Jews beforehand & said this is what we’re gonna do, wink, wink, to keep the Turkish people sedated.

  8. #8 by equalizer on June 1, 2012 - 3:26 am

    You’re right Danny (Ayalon). “Things have lost all proportion.” Turkey is ONLY indicting four of you, instead of nine; and you’re getting to breathe….the “grave development” took place after the IDF murdered nine innocents in cold blood, and their lifeless bodies were placed in graves.

  9. #9 by michael mazur on June 1, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Patty, i think so too, keeping the Turkish people sedated, for the larger game is the indispensable enlisting of NATO partner Turkey in the `regime change` process in Syria and Iran, for without that Eastern Anchor of NATO with its 24 NATO bases, contemplating a protracted war against both countries would be out of the question.

    This is why there is this elaborate distraction game going on with a `fearsome` total of 18,000 years jail time to be served if the Turks `get their hands` on those of the Israeli high command on whose orders the Mavi Marmara was attacked just two years ago.

    Those four Israelis named are all having a good belly laugh about this pure theatre, as they know the game well, and that nothing will ever come of it.

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