That’s a shame, but I’m sure Erdogan will get another chance to stop by Gaza, denounce Israel’s human rights violations and then go back to locking up and beating his own people.
Erdogan may be regretting going all in on Morsi. He may want to think about what he’s doing in Syria as well. If Assad wins, I suspect the PKK will have a warm home in Syria.
Egyptian media is reporting on Sunday that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anticipated visit to the Gaza Strip has been canceled, according to Israel Radio.
Erdogan, who was due in Gaza last month but postponed the visit following the Egyptian military’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, has provoked the wrath of the army-backed government in Cairo over his fervent condemnations of Morsi’s ouster and his overt sympathy for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Erdogan accused Western and Arab nations of “double standards” for failing to condemn the overthrow Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood like Erdogan has Islamist roots.
Turkey has emerged as one of the fiercest international critics of what it has called an “unacceptable coup” after Egypt’s powerful military shunted the country’s elected leader from office earlier this month.
“Countries which embrace and care about democracy should not behave with double standards towards these kinds of events and should say something is wrong when it is wrong,” Erdogan told Western, Arab and other ambassadors last month.
And Erdogan ought to know. He locked up half the country for conspiring to overthrow him. If that just doesn’t scream democracy, I don’t know what does, except maybe the political prisoners in his dungeons.