Turks Expel Israeli Ambassador

From the Washington Post:

Turkey said Friday that it was expelling the Israeli ambassador and suspending military agreements with Israel, signaling a deepening rift between the former strategic allies in the aftermath of last year’s deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish ship leading an aid flotilla to Gaza.

The crisis with Turkey comes as Israel faces strained relations with another longtime regional ally, Egypt, over a deadly border incident last month, and it raises the prospect of Israel’s increasing isolation in the region at a time of tumultuous change.

Turkey announced its move ahead of the publication of a U.N. report that found that while Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip was legal, its commandos had used “excessive and unreasonable” force when they boarded the vessel, the Mavi Marmara, and killed nine Turks in clashes with activists…

That report is bound to be nothing more than another bit of UN Israel-bashing.  “Excessive and unreasonable” is a subjective judgment and, at the end of the day, Israel wouldn’t have had to use any force, at all, if the flotilla people had simply obeyed the law.  You go to break a blockade and you’re engaging in an act of war…Israel could have just torpedoed the flotilla and still would have been within the law.

But Turkey is taking this bogus incident as an excuse to expel the Israeli ambassador, and that means something.  Turkey, increasingly Islamist, is breaking its ties with Israel and lining on the side of the Jihadists.  This is a watershed moment – it is the end of any large, powerful Moslem nation even making an effort to be Western and civilized.  We can now expect increased pressure on Iraq to toe the Islamist line, especially if any sort of Moslem Brotherhood government emerges in Egypt.  We’re back to 1967 in middle eastern affairs but with a much more virulent strain of anti-Israel and anti-US sentiment in the area.

Our response should be to cut off all military ties with both Turkey and Egypt and refuse both nations any aid.  If we can keep Iraq in our camp that would be great…and we should offer strong inducements to the Iraqis to partner with us, lest they be swallowed up by Turkey, Iran or a combination of both.  But we have to be prepared for Iraq to cut ties with us, as well…they are placed in a difficult position and may decide that it is better to get along with everyone than count on an increasingly distant and distracted United States.

It could be that wiser heads will prevail and all this will blow over – but if the Islamic world really wants to fight, then there’s not much we can do about it, except to fight them.

17 thoughts on “Turks Expel Israeli Ambassador

  1. Green Mountain Boy September 2, 2011 / 5:55 pm

    “It could be that wiser heads will prevail and all this will blow over – but if the Islamic world really wants to fight,”

    If you are a true believer in the qur’ran, this is the only option you have. Fight the jews. The turkish prime minister is a true believer. War is only around the corner waiting.

    • Mark Edward Noonan September 2, 2011 / 6:08 pm


      Could be – ultimately, it may not be over until a US army has taken Constantinople, Damascus, Cairo and Tehran.

      • thomasg0102 September 2, 2011 / 6:36 pm

        war monger much?

        ps. if you claim to be a credible moderator, then delete fake posts of ALL parties, not just your conservative buddies.

      • Green Mountain Boy September 2, 2011 / 6:51 pm

        Yes, I agree Mark. Do it now. DEath to all sock puppets!!!

      • Feel the Fang (Wearing A stylish Fedora) September 2, 2011 / 6:52 pm

        I agree too. Sock puppets add nothing to the debate. 😛

      • M.Q. Duck September 2, 2011 / 6:53 pm

        I’ll go along with this little charade 😛

      • Mark Edward Noonan September 2, 2011 / 7:03 pm


        I didn’t declare war on them: they declared war on us. Just because purblind people on the left refuse to accept this fact doesn’t make it less of a fact.

        And I’m not a moderator – other people do that. The only time I’ll intervene is to delete something with obscenity or some other really egregious posting…I don’t want to moderate because it is unseemly for an author to moderate the comments on his own articles.

      • Amazona September 3, 2011 / 1:04 pm

        By “death” you mean…???????

        Too much bleach and a very hot drying cycle?

  2. Green Mountain Boy September 2, 2011 / 6:29 pm

    Mighty big task that would be. I don’t see any U.S. involvement in a shooting war wile bams is in office. The Israelis are on thier own until/if a republican other than Paul is in the White House.

    Neo says two years before war breaks out in the middle east. I respectfully disagree. I don’t think the muzzies will take the chance of bams loosing. The palis are hell bent on declaring indepence this month. I look for the real shooting war to start soon after they do declare independence.

    • Mark Edward Noonan September 2, 2011 / 7:02 pm


      It won’t happen until an attack on us of such monstrous dimensions that no one can argue against a massive response…right now, we’re forced to play the game by the Islamist’s rules because the left hamstrung us in the second half of Bush’s term…but eventually they’ll get hold of a nuke, or a bio weapon, or will make a massed attack upon American civilians here at home. It is bound to happen because the only way to prevent it from happening would be to follow up Iraq with Iran…we won’t do that right now, but eventually the enemy will force us to.

      • M.Q. Duck September 2, 2011 / 7:11 pm

        Agreed. Just hope there is an adult in charge when it does happen. Don’t count on it.

      • Green Mountain Boy September 2, 2011 / 7:12 pm

        What he said.

  3. Minordojo Plain, BS,B-4,BLT,{With a nice crisp head of Lettuce} September 2, 2011 / 9:09 pm

    Sockpuppet? Who’s a sockpuppet?
    Oh, right …

    • neocon1 September 3, 2011 / 11:14 am


      sock puppets of the world unite!!!!

  4. Rightlane September 3, 2011 / 11:18 am

    Ok, they develop some WMD and kill a bunch of us, so what? We all die. War is the inevitable state of mankind left to our own devices. Why are we spending one red cent on what going on in the Middle East? After all, it’s not like they really come after us. They kill a few Americans for the cost of a few box cutters and airline tickets then stand back, while we spend billions over the course of the next decade(s), we don’t have, chasing ghosts and toppling regimes, that are promptly replaced by the next corrupt despot with an axe to grind against the West who promptly begins the process anew. This is a stupid strategy. If you can’t control it why would you want it?

    You think the Cartels in Mexico are just going to stop at the border. They are the real threat to the US. They’ve practically overthrown the Government of Mexico with the same strategy the mideastern terrorists are using. Chaos. The only reason we are concerned with the Middle East is oil and Israel. The former does not supply enough oil to us to influence our foreign policy, if we were to replace our ridiculous energy policies with one possessing some semblance of sanity. The latter can take care of itself and if not, we could provide the needed resource to help, which there would be lots more of, if we weren’t wasting them. We need to deal with the barbarians at the gates.

  5. Rightlane September 3, 2011 / 11:45 am

    All that has to happen, for the Islamist to nuke us, is to take power in Pakistan. Then they have nukes. Take Iran out and they will still acquire them it only a matter of time. We can’t stop them. We can delay them, but it coming one day or another no matter what we do. We have grown complacent. We teach our children about diversity, equality, inclusion, sexual orientation, and host of thing we think we can afford, while they teach their kids about tactics, weapons, explosives… we are soft while they’re hard. It isn’t about counties it about attitude.

    • Green Mountain Boy September 3, 2011 / 3:56 pm

      It’s like its 1933 all over again. We could stop it now but we would rather pay a higher price later. The ghost of Winston Churchill is laughing at us.

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