Bad News From Israel: A Comparison

by Omar Shtewi

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has announced that Turkish military vessels will escort future aid flotillas that attempt to break Israel’s siege of Gaza.

The sober and objective reader will understand that this is necessary since the last time a flotilla attempted to take aid to the Palestinians in Gaza, the Israeli army executed nine Turkish civilians in a ‘raid’ that turned out to be a massacre.  Israel has since insisted that it will not apologise.  One can only take from this bizarre stance that it is legitimate to kill civilians – particularly and especially if they are Muslims.

Erdogan’s decision, then, makes sense.  Unless you are the editor of the Jerusalem Post.  Their shrill headline announces that “Erdogan threatens to send gunboats with next flotilla“.

Threatens?  There was no threat involved.  Erdogan simply is going to send a naval escort with the next flotilla.  This is necessary as a matter of objective fact because the Israeli army is a savage institution which massacres its allies’ citizens – Israeli soldiers have slaughtered Egyptian border guards on numerous occasions, in addition to the execution of the nine Turks aboard the Mavi Marmara in the last flotilla to Gaza.  The Post goes on

Turkish PM continues saber rattling, saying “we will not allow our ships to be exposed to Israeli attacks, as was the case with the ‘Mavi Marmara,’ because if this happens Israel will meet the appropriate response.”

What you have there, dear reader, is an insight into the mentality that prevails in the Israeli right-wing establishment of which the Post is a vital part.  When a Muslim states that he will not allow his nation’s ships to be exposed to Israeli attack, he is ‘saber-rattling’.  He would, presumably, be hailed as a ‘moderate’ in Israel if he detonated a nuclear device over Istanbul in the name of God’s Chosen People.  As it happens, observing the heretofore uncontroversial idea that a nation has a duty to protect its citizens, he is a war-mongering son of Genghis Khan.  Perhaps he is a jihadist?  Perhaps is a member of Al Qaeda?  It certainly looks that way because the article gets more and more bizarre as we read on:

The marked contrast in tone between the two leaders reflects the very different approaches Ankara and Jerusalem have taken to the current imbroglio, with Israeli ministers speaking little, and then relatively moderately about the situation, while Erdogan is leading a chorus of senior Turkish officials, from the president on down to the agriculture minister, lambasting and threatening Israel on a daily basis.

Lambasting and threatening Israel on a daily basis?  Quite what that is supposed to mean is not obvious to me.  I can only assume that the Turkish failure to prostrate itself before the Jewish State is tantamount to a threat to its existence.

The choice of wording indicates that Erdogan is ready for war.  Would that he were.  You see, if anyone dared to kill nine Israelis, the response from Israel would be, at least, hellish.  Erdogan has limited himself to purely diplomatic responses and one would think, reading the Jerusalem Post, that he were launching an invasion of Israel.

The headline that Haaretz opts for is, thankfully, more reality-based: “Erdogan: Turkey warships will escort any future Gaza aid flotilla“.  The article is provided by Reuters and states that

Turkish warships will escort any Turkish aid vessels to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said in remarks broadcast on Al Jazeera television on Thursday.

Erdogan also said that Turkey had taken steps to stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting natural resources from the eastern Mediterranean, according to Al Jazeera’s Arabic translation of excerpts of the interview, which was conducted in Turkish.

Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are yet to comment.  Expect the following:


Or something along those lines.