January 18, 2010

Giant Erdogan Dwarfs Barak

Posted in Ehud Barak, Israel, Lieberman, Turkey tagged , , , , , , at 6:49 am by Edna

Giant Erdogan Dwarfs Barak cc Edna Spennato 2010.

Photomontage made on 17 January 2010

Click on image to enlarge

Also published at Annie Bannie’s Weblog, Window Into Palestine,Uprooted Palestinians.

Turkey accepts Israeli apology

…Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, said that his country had received the apology it “wanted and expected” from Israel over the dressing down of its ambassador.

“I was told that we received the response that we wanted and expected in diplomatic terms,” Erdogan told reporters at the airport after returning from a visit to Russia.

“The letter includes an expression of apology,” he said.

Ambassador threat

Abdullah Gul, the Turkish president, deemed an earlier Israeli apology on Wednesday as insufficient and threatened to recall his ambassador unless a formal apology was made by the end of the day.

“Unless they make up for it by this evening, our ambassador will return on the first plane tomorrow to hold consultations,” Abdullah Gul, the Turkish president, was quoted as saying by the country’s NTV news channel….

Read in full here.

tikun olam pic

Lieberman “Shames” Turkish Ambassador, Torpedoes Israel-Turkish Relations, by Richard Silverstein

In most cases, a country’s foreign minister is responsible for furthering his nation’s economic and political interests abroad.  Not in Israel.  In that country, the current foreign minister seems responsible for hectoring any country he deems insufficiently supportive of Israel; and in a few instances like Egypt and Turkey he seems hell-bent on destroying relations altogether.



How else to explain the bizarre performance yesterday by Danny Ayalon, deputy Israeli foreign minister and capo di tutti of Avigdor Lieberman, at which he brusquely summoned the Turkish ambassador for a brushing down, and in a highly unusual move summoned press photographers to record the humiliation and pointedly noted that the ambassador was sitting in a lower position than the Israelis and that the latter refused to shake his hand…

Turkey’s prime minister however, is a real national leader and no fool.  He’s not playing this as opera and refuses to allow his ambassador to be publicly humiliated. Remember this is the same Erdogan who at Davos dressed down the incipiently senile Shimon Peres when the latter attempted to defend the Gaza war using the most bombastic propaganda.  Now Erdogan is kickin’ butt and takin’ down names

Turkey demanded an apology from Israel on Tuesday over what it called the discourteous treatment of its ambassador, further souring ties between the two regional powers on the eve of a visit by Israel’s defence minister…

Read in full here.

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  2. Kassiem said,

    Apparently this cartoon went viral in Turkey on Monday! The Turks loved it, and it spread via Twitter. Perfect timing.


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