Israeli Attack on Mavi
Marmara aidship: Turkish court holds Israelis Guilty of massacre of Turks
DR. ABDUL RUFF
[Former Israeli army
chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, the former naval commander, the
former chief of military intelligence and a former senior air force official
have been indicted by a Turkish court for their actions in the 2010 “Gaza
Flotilla.” Israeli naval commandos overtook the Mavi
Marmara, which was flying the Turkish flag when it tried to pierce Israel’s
blockade of the Gaza Strip. While Israel
claims professional provocateurs planning to foment violence were on board,
Turkish officials insist the nine men who died in the skirmish with the commandos were merely passengers protesting Israel’s
policies toward Gaza’s
Palestinians. An Israeli commission that investigated the incident determined that the
Israeli military “acted in accordance with international law.” Legal experts
have expressed doubt that the indictments amount to more than a public
declaration against Israel]
A Turkish court has charged four
senior Israeli military commanders over the killing of nine Turkish activists
who went as part of aidship the Mavi Marmara trying to reach Gaza in 2010. The
Mavi Marmara was intercepted by the Israeli navy in international waters as it
sailed towards Gaza's
coast on 31 May 2010. The nine pro-Palestinian activists from Turkey were
killed after Israeli troops boarded their ship, the Mavi Marmara. They had been
hoping to breach Israel's
naval blockade and deliver aid to Gaza.
Ex-military chief of staff Gabi
Ashkenazi and former heads of military intelligence, the navy and air force are
expected to be tried in absentia. A Turkish prosecutor at the court in Istanbul has called
for each of the four Israeli officers to face nine life sentences. The other
three commanders are ex-naval chief Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom, former head of
military intelligence Major General Amos Yadlin, and former head of the air
force Brigadier General Avishai Lev.
For decades Turkey had been under the devilish spell of Israel with plenty of military deals in Israeli terror
goods for Turkey. But the Israeli attack has led to a major
rift in relations between Turkey and Israel. Turkey's decision in September
2011 to order Israeli Ambassador Gaby Levi to leave Ankara in a week's time is a blunt statement
of how far relations between the two countries have fallen over the past three
years. This formal break with Israel
would have come a lot sooner, but for pressure from the United States.
President Obama has urged both countries - each of them important US allies in
the region - to find a compromise.
A UN inquiry found that Israel's blockade of Gaza was "a legitimate security
measure". Israel carried
out its own fake investigation but has not prosecuted anyone involved in the
raid. It said Israeli troops had faced "significant, organized and violent
resistance" when they boarded the ship. But it said Israel's
decision to board the ship and the use of substantial force was "excessive
If they are convicted, the Turkish court could issue a
warrant for their arrest. The Turkish reaction to the publication of the UN inquiry merely
formalises the freeze in their relations. Turkey had already withdrawn its
ambassador to Tel Aviv right after the flotilla incident, and suspended
military co-operation, which had in any case been greatly cut back.
halted military co-operation with Israel,
ending joint military exercise with Israel. Turkey is demanding an apology for
the incident and compensation for the victims' families. There have been
efforts from the “affected sections” to get the Zionist-Turkish relations
renewed somehow and reap benefits from the joint arms operations. It was being rumored
that Turkey’s president Abdullah and fascist Israeli President Shimon Peres
would take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly conclave in New
York. But Gul rejected all such moves and said he will not meet his Israeli
counterpart on the sidelines of the United Nations' in New York, saying he
would not meet Peres due to his busy schedule. Gul would meet Iranian President
Mahmud Ahmadinejad for talks focusing on the Islamic republic's controversial
nuclear program as Turkey continues efforts to facilitate talks between Iran
and the West.
As a first step for any further move, Turkey has demanded that the Jewish
state lift its crippling terror blockade on the Gaza Strip in order to mend
ties. Gul underlined that Ankara still expected Israel to apologize for the
deadly raid and pay compensation, adding that an apology on its own would not
suffice. "An apology by Israel will not mean that all is forgotten, all is
over, and that we should bury the dead and take care of the living," Gul said.
Given the immense public anger in Turkey over the deaths of nine
activists during clashes with Israeli troops aboard the flotilla, the
government could hardly have asked for less than an Israeli apology. When that
was refused, a strong gesture of disapproval by Turkey was inevitable.
Israeli Deputy Foreign terror Minister Danny Ayalon insisted his country had
nothing to apologize for and had done all it could to avoid a crisis with
Turkey. Hardliners within the governing coalition in Israel, especially the
illegal settler leaders, opposed any statement that sounded like an apology.
And the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, kept up a torrent of
criticism of Israel. His constituency is a conservative, Muslim one which is
strongly sympathetic to the Palestinians, and hostile to Israel, so talking
tough goes down well with his supporters; a compromise would have been a harder
sell, and probably distasteful to a politician who gets visibly angry about
Senior diplomats have been exploring a form of
words which could sound like an apology to Turkey, but be presented as
something less than an apology to Israel. The publication of the UN inquiry was
delayed three times to allow the talks to progress, and as recently as last
month they seemed close to a deal. The USA wants to use Turkey on a permanent
basis and has said it hopes Turkey and Israel "will continue to look for
opportunities to improve their longstanding relationship".
said it will challenge Israel's
blockade of Gaza
at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It is the latest sign of
strain between the countries since last year's Israeli action against ships
heading for Gaza,
in which nine Turks were killed. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey did not accept the findings of a UN
report which said Israel's
blockade of Gaza
was a legal security measure. His comments came a day after Turkey expelled
the Israeli ambassador. Based in The
Hague, the ICJ is a permanent UN court set up to rule
on state-to-state disputes.
Turning pro-Palestine in recent times, Turkey is an
important European power. Turkey's economic success and dynamic politics were
the envy of the Muslim world; Erdogan's readiness to scold Israel made Erdogan a
hero on the Arab street. Obviously, Turkey has reversed decades of frosty
relations with its immediate neighbors, building new commercial and
political ties with the governments in Iran, Iraq and Syria. Turkey's
improving ties with Iran, coupled by the crisis with Israel, have sparked
concern that Turkey, a NATO member vying for membership of the EU, and is
drifting away from the West.
Israel survives in Mideast as a
fascist monster on exclusively western feeding. Israel claims to have nukes secretly
and illegally obtained from USA and UK and IAEA has not knowledge about it.
World condemned the Zionist terror operations
for years in Palestine, killing thousands of defenseless Palestinians,
including children and women. Israel's 2008-2009 Gaza holocaust murdering
thousands of innocent Palestinians shocked the Turkish people and they demanded
to scrap the “historic” ties with fascist Israel. Anti-Islamic criminals cannot
be friends of Muslims any where. However, the bogus Muslims in Arab world consider
Americans and Britishers and their terror allies as their trusted books.
The bilateral ties between Turkey and Israel, once
strategic allies, sharing military wares, technologies, secrecies and intelligence,
were severely hurt following fascist Israel's 2008-2009 Gaza terror offensive.
They suffered another heavy blow after Israeli commandos in May stormed
Gaza-bound aid ships, killing nine Turkish activists. The Turkish international
flotilla was trying to bust the blockade of Gaza. Nine people, including eight
Turks and a Turkish-American, died during the terror raid.
Turkey is moving fast toward Islamization of former
Ottoman society. West is almost entirely anti-Islamic by both outlook and practices.
Both USA and Israel are aware of Turkey’s clout in Islamic world and
therefore use diplomatic pressure to keep the immoral ties between Israel and
Turkey in tact. When their friendship started to sour, it was not just the US
that pushed for a rapprochement. The government in Syria, one of Israel's most
implacable foes, also urged Turkey to mend fences with Israel.
In spite of all fascist operations
in Palestine, Israel is still confident, for reasons of joint terror techniques,
that USA and UK would never attack Israel, their illegitimate fascist child in Mideast.
USA-UK has used Turkey to contribute troops to kill Afghans. As a member of the
notorious NATO, Istanbul expected USA or UK or Japan to initiate follow up
punitive action to cripple the Israeli terror blockade of Gaza strip, but that
has not happened till day. NATO terror syndicate has shown, time and again,
that it has no obligation toward global community for world peace, but it only
wants to unilaterally attack their “perceived” opponents. This explains why
these state terror organization is busy killing Muslims in Afghanistan,
Pakistan and elsewhere.
The Turkish-Israeli axis was, even to other Arab countries. It is badly
damaged and probably beyond repair. Ending military co-operation, however,
means the Turkish armed forces will have to look elsewhere for equipment, maybe
for better goods. In the past it signed substantial contracts with Israeli
companies to upgrade its US-made planes and tanks. It also means Israeli forces
can no longer exercise in Turkey. But that co-operation too has been declining
for some years. Turkey would become a totally independent Muslim and to promote
Islamic values and protect the Palestinians.
US observers say that under tremendous pressure from Washington, Turkey
has not severed relations altogether, and in time they could yet be
revived. There will be pressure to “go slow” because of the turmoil in the
rest of the Middle East. Trade between Turkey and Israel, however, is doing
surprisingly well - up 26% in the first half of this year.
د. عبد راف
Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst-columnist;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism
and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than "terrorism" Anti-Islamic
forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the
world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary
Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com/ 91-9961868309/91-9961868309
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