Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rampaging Turkey

If only I could say that was the name of a new band, it is, unfortunately the new Turkey and their accelerated drive to destroy Israel and help instill the new caliphate.  Kamal Attaturk, founder of Turkey as a true secular Muslim country should be spinning at 3,000RPM over this 180 degree change, done at the behest and direction of President Erdogan.  The steady creep of sharia, which is the ultimate goal of jihadists is the driving force behind these latest actions against Israel, and it is apparant that Turkey is now part of the Islamic mainstream regarding whether Israel should continue to exist.  By taking a firm stance against Israel, Turkey is proving itself a worthy partner in the global jihad.

This is just the beginning, we are witnessing the run-up to a fight where many will die, and the end will yield little in the way of understanding our enemy: Islam and all that defines it.

From Reuters/Yahoo September 6 by Pinar Aydinli

Turkey ups naval presence amid tension with Israel

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Tuesday it was freezing defense trade with Israel and stepping up naval patrols in the eastern Mediterranean, a sign of growing tension between the two major U.S. allies in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's threat to send warships into waters where Israel's navy operates raises the risk of a naval confrontation between the two powers.

"The eastern Mediterranean is not a strange place to us. Aksaz and Iskenderun -- these places have the power and opportunity to provide escorts," Erdogan told reporters in Ankara, referring to two Turkish naval bases. "Of course our ships will be seen much more frequently in those waters."

Relations with Israel began to unravel after Erdogan voiced outrage at an Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip, ruled by the Palestinian Islamist Hamas group, in late 2008 and early 2009. They worsened sharply last year after nine Turks were killed during an Israeli commando raid on an aid ship bound for Gaza.

Before that Turkey and Israel had worked closely together on military cooperation and intelligence sharing, as both had sought reliable partners in a volatile neighborhood.

Asked about Erdogan's remarks, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said: "I'm sorry we reached this point. I hope that ultimately the anger will ebb and reason and interests will prevail."

On Friday, Turkey announced it was expelling Israel's ambassador and other senior diplomats, downgrading relations after the release of a U.N. report on the killing of the Turks, who aimed to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza.

Israel's refusal to apologize for the deaths has angered Turkey, a NATO member with the bloc's second biggest military.

And Turkey has also taken issue with the U.N. panel's conclusion that Israel's blockade is a legitimate measure to stop weapons reaching Hamas militants in Gaza, an impoverished, densely populated enclave of two million people.

Erdogan, who accused Israel of acting like "a spoiled boy" in the region, said Turkey was preparing more sanctions against Israel, and that defense industry ties would be frozen.

"Trade ties, military ties, regarding defense industry ties, we are completely suspending them. This process will be followed by different measures," Erdogan said.

An official at Erdogan's office told Reuters the prime minister was referring to military and defense trade ties only, not overall trade, which last year reached a total bilateral volume of $3.5 billion.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which monitors arms sales worldwide, Israel delivered 170 rebuilt Turkish M-60A1 tanks to Turkey in a $688 million deal between 2005 and 2010. It also sold 10 Heron drones to Turkey in 2010 for $183 million.


Israel has expanded patrols in the eastern Mediterranean to enforce the Gaza blockade it says is needed to prevent arms smuggling to Hamas and deter any Lebanese Hezbollah militant attack on gas platforms.

Israel's Transport Minister Yisrael Katz, a member of Netanyahu's security cabinet, said the Jewish state was determined to enforce the blockade "using the means at its disposal."

Turkish media said Erdogan held a meeting with Turkey's chief military commander, General Necdet Ozel, on Tuesday to discuss developments with Israel.

Some Turkish and Israeli commentators have suggested Turkey might use the feud with Israel to build up naval patrols in seas between the Jewish state and the divided island of Cyprus.

Turkey has bitterly complained about recent Cypriot-Israeli energy deals. The presence of Turkish ships would have a menacing effect and could be seen as a provocation by neighboring Greece, also a NATO member.

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