Turkish Thug-in-Chief: “It Is Out of the Question for Us to Consider Hamas a Terrorist Organization”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


According to Obama Inc, Turkey is a stabilizing influence in the region and a valuable partner in the fight against extremism. In the real world, Turkey openly supports Islamist terror. So it stands to reason that one purpose of Obama’s trip was to pressure Israel into apologizing for killing Turkish terrorists.

This apology predictably did not repair relations with Turkey because the issue was never the apology, it was Turkey’s for Hamas. And Turkey still supports Hamas.

Speaking to a group of journalists en route to Turkey from a visit to Mongolia on Saturday, Erdoğan also said Turkey will not send an ambassador to Israel until the blockade of Gaza is lifted, when responding to a question on whether the appointment of an ambassador is imminent.

In İstanbul, Kerry said Turkey has a critical role in a US-led initiative to resume a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Although there has been no statement on what this role could be, the US is believed to see Turkey as a conduit for talks with Hamas, convincing Hamas to recognize Israel and act in unity with al-Fatah of President Mahmoud Abbas. Analysts say Erdoğan’s Gaza visit may turn into a welcome development if Erdoğan uses the visit as an opportunity to talk to Hamas about joining peace talks alongside al-Fatah.

Erdoğan complained that Israel “has not genuinely kept its promises” by continuing with attacks on Gaza and reiterated opposition to categorization of Hamas as a “terrorist” entity. When asked if Hamas is being left out of a US-led Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative, Erdoğan said: “This is what Israel wants. We have been saying from the beginning that a negotiating table where Hamas or al-Fatah is not represented cannot produce peace. It is out of the question for us to consider Hamas as a terrorist organization. For us, Hamas is what al-Fatah is.” His remarks were published in newspapers on Sunday.

So Israel apologies to Turkey. In exchange Turkey will not repair relations with Israel and will go on supporting Hamas. And Kerry will try to use Turkey to convince Hamas that it is in its best interests to stay quiet while Israel gives away half the country to Abbas… and after that Hamas will be able to take all of it exactly the way they took Gaza.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Islamist Turkey is part of the Brotherhood Mafia. As such, Erdogan is in total league with the Islamist-in-Chief, and they are BOTH in sync with Hamas. Hamas is the progeny of the Egyptian Brotherhood, therefore, why should he/they shun them?

    Insisting on keeping Turkey as part of the western alliance is to place lipstick on a pig – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/02/what-happens-

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Toni_Pereira

    The thug-in-chief and european left-intelligentsia have many things in common. I guess Turkey can make it to the EU,after all…

  • rick

    i think you and your lies are dangerous…get a life instead of wasting it …

    • Mary Sue

      would be nice if you could, oh I don't know, BACK UP those assertions about "lies" ?

  • Raymond

    What is it about apologies that Islamists love them so much? Complete waste of time, deepening their resolve the destroy you.

    • Ar'nun

      When Islam makes an enemy apologize, it to the Islamist, a show of submissiveness.

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