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Bibi Apologizes for Turkish Flotilla Incident

Netanyahu admits that there were “operational mistakes”

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More highlights from this story to come, but for now we know that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s phone call to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan contained in it an apology for the 2010 Turkish flotilla incident in which nine civilians died.

Netanyahu has long held out on handing over such an apology given that the Mavi Marmara sought to break Israel’s naval blockade and that IDF soldiers were brutally attacked when they boarded the ship. Nevertheless, Netanyahu acknowledged “operational mistakes,” according to an official quoted in the White House Press Pool. Erdogan was quick to accept the apology.

Whether you agree with this or not, this is an important moment.

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Not.

Turkey’s Prime Minister has spent no small amount of his time in office highlighting his hatred of Jews. His latest anti-Semitic double-dish of “Zionism equals Racism” shows the Islamist leader’s true colors.

It will be a cold day in hell before Erdogan is trusted by Jews again.

Poupic says:

Barack Hussein got his pound of flesh and gave nothing in return for Israel to support “our friend and ally” Turkey’s erdogan that supports Islamic terror such as Hitzbollah and Hamas. Barack Hussein his laughing all the way to Washington while Israel is crying in shame for Bibi’s betrayal. It is upon Israel’s tourists to now visit Cyprus (not occupied north Cyprus by Turkey) and not Turkey ever again until it is again a decent democracy.

silverbackV says:

Pretty sad when you are unable to protect your own sovereignty as a country. Next time, sink the ship before you apologize.

oaklandj says:

Blaming Turkey and Erdogan’s shameful behavior on Obama? A new low, even for you.

oaklandj says:

Israel is happy to deal with him again. Israel is happy to accept the unflinching support of dispensationalist Christians.
Unhealthy alliances. Is it really worth it in the long run?

Turkey is not only a member of NATO, but was one of the only countries in the Middle East that not only never tried to kill Israel, but actively cooperated with it. If saying they’re sorry was what Netanyahu had to do to get a friend like that back, it was 100% completely worth it.

Bill Robbins says:

The Apologizer in Chief sprinkled some of his pixie dust on Bibi before blowing town. The “operational mistake” was not boarding the ship with overwhelming force. Next time, either no such mistake will be made, or no boarding should be ordered, so as to avoid the need for apologies.

Jacob Arnon says:

This is not a game. Netanyahu did what he had to do to safeguard the well being of his country. Turkey is in the hands of an Islamic junta but it is not Iran which has threatened Israel with nuclear weapons (should it ever get them). Then there is the very real possibility of the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Syria.

At least the Turkish and Israeli government have some things in common as both leaders recognized. Israel didn’t give in. It said that mistakes were made and it took responsibility for them. Turkey accepted that and that was it. We shall see what the future holds for the region.

I hope we can get back to the days of yore when dictators was all that Israel had to deal with.

Jacob Arnon says:

Get real, buddy.

silverbackV says:

How’s the dream world? The mistakes that were made, were made by Turkey. It was a mistake to allow that ship to sail. It was a mistake to try to break Israels blockade. It was a mistake to violate Israel’s sovereignty. They shouldn’t be dealt with softly, they will turn it on you. They hold no good will toward the Jews.

silverbackV says:

The IF starting your second sentence is deafening. Erdogan has been in power since 2003. Since then he has moved steadily into the Muslim fold. He isn’t interested in being a friend of Israels and Obama isn’t either.

Did you listen to a single thing Obama said while he was in Israel?

silverbackV says:

Did you listen to a single thing he meant while in Israel?

Jacob Arnon says:

Netanyahu did the right thing this time. He said what is in the best interest of Israel.

Jacob Arnon says:

Israel has more important and more powerful enemies like Iran to deal with at the moment.

silverbackV says:

Michael, there is a ? behind your yes. A good sign. I did see him at Yad Vashem. For all of our sake, I pray it broke his heart.

silverbackV says:

He says a lot of things he doesn’t mean (Obama), I pray he is correct.

Beatrix17 says:

You’ve offered a realistic analysis and I agree with you.

Lynne T says:

Happy, not so much, but practically speaking, with the meltdown occurring on Israel’s and Turkey’s respective doorsteps (Syria), it’s not surprising Obama was able to broker something, and Erdogan partially ate his words, in so far as he acknowledged Israel’s right to exist.

oaklandj says:

Yes, maybe. It’s hard to trust any nation that still adamantly denies it killed millions of Armenians. They’re happy living with a fiction.

SIX DAYS LATER THE MOMENT DOES NOT SEEM SO “IMPORTANT” in fact, it’s looking more and more like a fruitless scam by Obama to gain him some PR points. Force the Israeli PM to apologize, pretend that the crisis is over, and move on before anyone notices that the Turks are hardly ready to renew relations with Israel.

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