After more than sixty-two years of special treatment of the state of Israel by the international community and after Israelis got used to world’s acceptance of their state’s acts of violence against those who oppose its policies of ethnic cleansing, apartheid, oppression, dispossession, and occupation against the Palestinian people, Israeli political leaders developed a unique sense of entitlement from the world: No matter what the state of Israel does, Israeli leaders expect the world to look the other way; Israel would be entitled to do whatever it sees in its best interest without regard to international law. This unique Israeli sense of entitlement for extraordinary treatment – that came about after the state of Israel repeatedly got away with murder in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Dubai, and elsewhere, has received a shocking wakeup call from Turkey. The Turkish president has served notice that when it comes to Turkey, its interests, and its citizens, there is a red line that the state of Israel needs to respect. Turkey seems determined to teach the Israeli leadership a lesson that there is a price to pay for Israeli arrogance in refusing to accept responsibility, apologize, and pay compensation to the families of the nine civilian victims that Israeli soldiers murdered during the attack on the Mavi Marmara ship in international waters.
Today’s Haaretz reported that “Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Monday that he would no longer be able to meet with President Shimon Peres on the sidelines of a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, citing time constraints.”
Israeli leaders might be surprised by Gul’s decision, but the Turkish people will support their president and the international community will appreciate and respect Abdullah Gul for honouring the memory of his countrymen.
For more details, you may find Haaretz report at the following link:
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