The Turkish government has rejected the report prepared by former New Zealand prime minister Geoffrey Palmer and former Columbian president Alvaro Uribe, which said Israel’s blockade of Gaza was a legal security measure. (bbcsnews.com, 9/5/2011).
The Turkish foreign minster A. Davitoghi, said that the report will be challenged at the International Court of Justice. Furthermore, he stated that the Israeli attack of the Marmara Turkish ship in international water on May 31,2010, which led to the killings of nine Turkish citizens, is in violation of international law.
The Israeli government’s refusal to apologize for the crime they committed led the Turkish government to expel the Israeli ambassador from Turkey and freeze its cooperation with Israeli military forces.
The Turkish government should be commended for its political strategy for challenging the Israeli aggression and arrogance, which they have been following since the creation of that state.
Arab political heads of state, especially Egyptians, have been dismissing the Israeli aggressions during the past 30 years of the deposed Mubarak’s regime. It is also of interest to notice that the killings of the seven Egyptian soldiers by Israeli forces last month (August 2011) did not lead to either an apology by the Israelis, nor a joint investigation of the incident that was requested by the Egyptian Higher Military Council.
Israeli authorities have gotten used to their arrogant behavior due to the passiveness of the Egyptian government and the total support of the U.S of Israel’s policies. In an editorial article in the New York Times, “Israel Isolates Itself’ by Roger Cohen (9/6/11), he analyzed some of the consequences of the Israeli attack on the Turkish flotilla which led to the killing of 9 unarmed Turkish citizens. Mr. Cohen emphasized one point in particular about the death of an American citizen, Mr. Dogan, who was born in upstate New York. He further stated that Geoffrey Palmer’s report pointed out that “no evidence has been provided to establish that any of the deceased were armed with lethal weapons”. Mr. Cohen continues to say that, “The Turkish prime minister, Recept T. Erdogan, had raised Dogan’s fate with President Obama. But of course no U.S. president, and certainly no first term U.S. president, would say what Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said: ‘The Israeli attack on the Gaza Flotilla was completely unacceptable.’ Even if there’s an American citizen killed, raising such questions about Israel is a political no-no. So it goes in the taboo lettered cul-de-sac of U.S. foreign policy toward Israel, a foreign policy that is in large measure a domestic policy.”
It is of interest to say that an American Jewish journalist is still carrying the traditional Jewish Torch, “Let there be light”, exposing the Zionist Jewish influence on American foreign policy.
It is unfortunate that the Egyptian Military Council is still under the influence of the U.S. government’s foreign policy. The Egyptian Military Council should terminate the American foreign aid that has been used as an instrument of threat to implement U.S. policy, especially to protect Israel’s interests. Egyptian dignity and self-interest should supersede the $1-$2 billion of the annual foreign aid to Egypt. American policymakers, especially in the American Congress, have lost their bearings and the majority of the members have been put under Israeli influence, disregarding American national interest. The Arab states, especially the oil producing countries in the Gulf region, are in a good financial position to substitute U.S. foreign aid by their own.
Egypt is the heart of the Arab world and its military strategy will also be of vital interest to the region. It is of interest to read that the Turkish prime minister will be visiting Egypt on 9/11/2011 to discuss Egyptian-Turkish regional strategy.
The Haaretz Newspaper views such a visit as a threat to the security of Israel. Furthermore, the article reflects that such a visit is a slap on the Israeli face. Also, the Turkish policy of expelling the Israeli ambassador is encouraging the Egyptian government to follow a similar policy. (Harest Newspaper, 9/5/2011).
The Egyptian public has been calling for expelling the Israeli ambassadors, especially since the killing of Egyptian soldiers last month and a revision of the Camp David Agreement.
I doubt that the Egyptian Higher Military Council will yield to Egyptian public pressure and this still reflects that the main objective of the January 25th revolution has been implemented.