Friday, January 30, 2009

Recep Erdogan storms out of Davos after clash with Israeli president over Gaza.



The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan, has marched out Davos after a heated exchange with Shimon Peres over Israel's attacks on Gaza. The leaders from the two normally friendly country's erupted into a very public argument in which Erdogan accused Peres of shrillness and of having a "guilty conscience".

In a heated exchange, Erdogan told Shimon Peres the Israeli air strikes and invasion of the Palestinian territory were "very wrong" and said "many people have been killed".

The incident came after a lengthy debate at the Davos forum about the Israeli offensive, in which at least 1,300 Palestinians were killed.
When David Ignatius attempted to stop him from making his point Erdogan complained that he had allowed Peres to speak, uninterrupted, for 25 minutes.

It ended with this exchange:

When the Turkish prime minister said: "Please let me finish," Igatius replied: "We really do need to get people to dinner."

Erdogan replied: "Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. I don't think I will come back to Davos after this."

Erdogan arrived home in Turkey to a hero's welcome.
Thousands of people gathered at Ataturk airport, in Istanbul, to greet the Turkish prime minister, waving Turkish and Palestinian flags and chanting: "Turkey is proud of you."

Peres appears to be genuinely stunned that the world has reacted with such revulsion towards his country's attack on an unarmed people and the utterly irresponsible amount of civilian deaths the IDF inflicted on the children of Gaza.

He's used to being given the kind of kid gloves routine that Ignatius and Bush normally hand him, he certainly wasn't prepared to be ambushed in this way by a Prime Minister who he regards as an ally.

One really does sense a sea change after the latest Gaza operation, a real feeling that Israel has crossed the line and that people are no longer willing to accept her constant cry that every military action she takes is an act of self defence.

UPDATE:


Blair says that, "Given what has happened in Gaza it would be surprising if people didn't feel really strongly about it." And, as so often with Blair, it's impossible to pin him down and work out what he is actually saying.

But I know this, were he still Prime Minister he would have backed Bush and refused to call for a ceasefire, just as he refused to call for a ceasefire in Lebanon.

UPDATE II:

You can watch the entire Gaza: The Case for Middle East Peace Conference here.

Click title for full article.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, no journalists were permitted to enter Gaza despite the fact that the Israeli highest court to the gov. to let them in. Why? They simply didn't want the reporters to witness and report the crimes committed inside. This is not the first time that Israelis tanks enter Palestinian territories and kill. Zionists are killing Palestinians one by one, slowly, not to make it look as a genocide. As far as Turkey is concerned, they should send the Israeli ambassador back home. Israel cannot do whatever it wants under the protection of America. This is the second time in less than 2 years (first time in Lebanon) that Israel uses its arsenal to destroy houses, buildings, airports etc. Someday a country will invade Israel and push them back where they belong that is INSIDE Israel. No, HAMAS, is not a terrorist organization but a movement of resistance to Israel just like the Hezbollah. The only country that complain about the Israeli treatment is Iran, and whess what... Israel wants the destruction of Iran. Shame on Israel and hail to Recep Erdogan of Turkey. Over 40 years of occupation ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Naj said...

Bush gave rise to a new America ... and Israel's attack on Gaza has finished them off ...

There is hope in this world ...
tyrants self-destroy