Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is preparing to go beyond abusive rhetoric against Israel and is considering using his navy to break Israel’s blockade – even sailing aboard the next flotilla in person on the assumption that Israel would not dare stop him. (HAH!)
According to DEBKAfile’s sources in Ankara, the Obama administration is in contact with the Turkish PM and trying to cool him down.
Mike Hammer, spokesman of the National Security Council, said “the current arrangements are unsustainable and must be changed.” The US is working urgently with Israel, the Palestinian Authority and other international partners,” he said, “to develop new procedures for delivering more goods and assistances to Gaza while preventing the importation of weapons.”
In Washington, Turkish ambassador Namik Tan said his government would break relations with Israel unless it apologized for the commando raid on its flotilla for Gaza which left 9 activists dead after they attacked the troops. (Don’t hold your breath)
In Ankara, prime minster Recep Erdogan said Friday, June 4: “I do not think Hamas is a terrorist organization. They are Palestinians in resistance, fighting for their own land.”
Switching from Turkish to Hebrew and English he quoted the Ten Commandments back atIsrael saying: Thou shalt not kill.” (I guess he missed the part about “An eye for an eye”) DEBKA