Monday, September 5, 2011

Israeli passengers detained by Turkish officials; tensions escalate between the two countries

Now that Turkey has seen fit to turn up the heat, it is no wonder Israel is reacting in the same way.  The end of the peaceful relationship between Israel and Turkey is at it's end and we will see this souring turn from a minor inconvienence to a full-blown international problem in short order. 

Turkey, under Erdogan has been careening towards full-blown sharia for a few years, the speed with which it's change is occuring has increased dramatically recently and with this new insult to Israel and an escalation of tension, the time is short in which anything meaningful can be done to diffuse the coming explosion.

Israel is on the verge of having to fight, once again for it's life.  If it goes, so goes the ability to fight Islamic expansion where it lives.  The death of Israel means our end will come that much quicker at the hands of the religion of peace.

From YNet September 5 by Attila Somfalvi

Israelis held in Istanbul airport

About 40 Israeli passengers on board a Turkish Airlines flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul were held for several hours by local police on Monday after their passports had been taken away from them. The passengers said that the Turkish police officers were disrespectful, claiming that such an incident was unprecedented.

"I think that the police officers didn't even know what they were looking for," one of the passengers told Ynet. "They apparently got an order to detain us, one by one. Everyone was in shock; we didn't know what they were going to do to us. Obviously this was done intentionally in order to create an unpleasant feeling."

"They asked us why we came here, opened our bags, checked how much money we have and what we have on our laptops," he added.

Authorities in Jerusalem estimate that the detention of the Israeli passengers came in response to a recent incident during which Turkish citizens were detained for questioning by border police at Ben Gurion Airport.

Foreign Ministry officials said that no directive was issued regarding a change in the policy that concerns the reception of Israelis, and that there was no intention to single out Israelis that arrive in Turkey. "It was a mid-rank initiative that apparently came in response to the incident at Ben Gurion Airport," they said.

'Point of no return'

R' and D', businessmen who were on the flight said the attitude of the police officers at the airport was estranged. "We have been doing business in Turkey for 13 years. They held all Israelis. Whoever doesn’t have to work here shouldn’t come. They spoke rudely and acted improperly. People missed their connections but they didn’t care," he said.

According to the two, "As soon as they saw an Israeli, they told him to move on to questioning. All the Israelis were together and they accumulated the passports in one pile. I have never seen such a thing. I have also never seen them behaving in such disrespect. I don't know what will be the atmosphere on the street. I don't know what to expect. The papers from yesterday are filled with incitement.

"They asked us how long we are planning to stay, gesturing with their hands to stay put. No explanations were given. They gave back our passports after almost two hours," the two added.

The passengers on board described a sense of anxiety and a desire to return home. "This feels like the point of no return. Whatever we have felt until now, it will not be the same anymore."

Hayuta Leibovitz, another passenger on the flight, said, "I really want to go home but I am already here and I have to work. I will return to Israel on Thursday and then I will think about what's next. Will it be the last time that we come here? If that's the situation, we will go to places where we are wanted. Even if my income is generated here and all my production is done in Istanbul, if they don't me here, I'll leave."

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