Israel’s kick ’em in the guts foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman announced that Israel is not going to apologise to Turkey for its piratic attack on the Turkish vessel ‘Mavi Mamara’ that was carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza as part of a Peace Flotilla deying Israel’s illegal blockade in June 2010. Israeli commandos killed eight Turks and one American of Turkish origin. The UN is on the eve of publishing a report on the incident which will hardly do Israel’s reputation any good.
Turkey has demanded a public apology and compensation for the families of the nine killed.
Turkey’s and Israel’s ally the US has pushed the right wing Likud government of ‘Bibi’ Netenyahu to apologise and pay blood money, but to no avail. Although relations seemingly have improved between Ankara and Tel Aviv during the last year to a point that Turkey stayed the Turks from sailing the ‘Mavi Mamara’ in the sabotaged Second Peace Flotilla in June 2011 and was willing to shelve the UN report on the Israeli aggression against and murder of its own citizens, Israel’s refusal to apologise now frees Turkey to pursue a more pro Gaza, pro Palestinian policy and redirect relations with Israel which it has fostered since the founding of the Zionist state in 1948. By playing hardball, Israel has cut the legs again from under US initiatives to calm turbulent Mideast waters.
Listening to Lieberman, you had thought Turkey had used Israeli bargaining tactics: according to him, Turkey kept piling on more demands, the most unacceptable and galling being lifting the blockade of Gaza. If this is true, Turkey was giving Israel a taste of its own medicine in the way they ‘negotiate’ with the Palestinians.
At the present moment, Israel is under attack by its own citizens for the widening gap between the very rich who rule the country and the rest who can hardly make ends meet. Not only that, since the fall of its ally Mubarak, Israel is having trouble in the Sinai as the gas line bringing 40 percent of fuel to meet the Zionist state’s needs and attacks by unknown assailants are threatening the long peace that Egypt provided. Now Israel has to beef up its military budget which will have the effect of sharpening class conflict in Israel.
The Zionist state thinks of itself as a law unto itself. In this, the US has enabled and acquiesced to Israel’s thuggery, and now the bill long is long overdue. The cracks in the Zionist state are widening thereby weakening it beyond its wildest fears.