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Turkey says Israel becoming 'racist, apartheid regime' with annexation plan



Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference in Riga, Latvia May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins


ANKARA (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement of his intention to annex areas of the West Bank following next week's elections shows Israel is becoming a "racist, apartheid regime", Turkey's foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday.


Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would annex the Jordan Valley, a swathe of the occupied West Bank that Israel captured in 1967 and which Palestinians want as part of a future state. The move alarmed Middle Eastern nations, European powers and Arab foreign ministers.


On Saturday, Turkey's foreign ministry said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) would convene in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss Netanyahu's statement.


Speaking in Jeddah, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Netanyahu's "embarrassing" plan was a "despicable" attempt to earn votes ahead of Tuesday's election, and criticised what he called a lack of reaction from other Muslim countries.


"Israel, encouraged by the support of certain countries, is continuing its aggressive policies that are turning it into a racist, apartheid regime," Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency.


"If the whole Muslim community had reacted together, the reckless plans, policies and behaviour of the United States and Israel would never have reached this point," Cavusoglu said.


Around 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 Israeli settlers live in the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea area, the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says. The main Palestinian city is Jericho, with some 28 villages and smaller Bedouin communities.


Turkey and Israel, former allies, have long been at odds over Israel's policy towards the Palestinians and Jerusalem's status. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for a summit of the OIC twice last year after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


Turkey and Israel also expelled each other's top diplomats last year during a dispute over clashes when dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces on the Gaza border. The two sides continue to trade with one another.


(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Dale Hudson)



-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-09-16

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14 minutes ago, Damrongsak said:

I have a Turkish buddy here in the USA who has a Thai wife.  Great guy, good engineer who has been here maybe 25 years or so.  He's like family to us.  I don't even talk with him about the old country or politics, as he would just shake his head. He has no love lost for the rag head folks. Damned shame.

You might find this article interesting. Certain comments have a familiar ring.

"Erdoğan needs the support of some 23 million voters to keep monopolising the state"

"Thus, his strategy is to create a new economic model where the state is expected to be the major agent in distributing national wealth in a special way to secure those 21-23 million voters".


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I think this article is pertinent to the issues at hand concerning Israel.



If Netanyahu wins Israel’s election, the Mideast doomsayers may finally be proved right

September 15 at 7:41 PM

For 30 years and more, one faction of Mideast mavens has been arguing that it is too late for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, because of Israel’s relentless seeding of Jewish settlements in the Arab territories it has occupied since 1967. Most of the U.S. diplomatic establishment has resisted the argument, which often has relied more on emotion — including anti-Israel animus — than hard data.

That may be about to change. 

As far as Turkey they don't have any credibility to criticize other countries.

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