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RUSSIAN WARGAMES SEND STRONG MESSAGE AGAINST NATO INTERVENTION IN SYRIA

April 10, 2013

Posted on April 3, 2013 by

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

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A ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet during large-scale military exercises Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered while flying back from the South African Republic to Moscow. (Screen shot of a video of Zvezda TV channel).(RIA Novosti)
A ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet during large-scale military exercises Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered while flying back from the South African Republic to Moscow. (Screen shot of a video of Zvezda TV channel).

 

Is there a connection between events in Syria (maybe even US tension with North Korea) and Russia’s impromptu Black Sea war games that started on March 28, 2013?While on his way from Durban in South Africa, where the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa —announced they were forming a new development bank to challenge the IMF and World Bank, Russia’s Vladimir Putin gave the go ahead for unscheduled war games in the Black Sea. By themselves the games mean little, but in a global context they mean a lot.

According to the Kremlin, the war games involved about 7,000 Russian servicemen, Russian Special Forces, Russian Marines, and airborne rapid deployment troops. All of Russia’s different services were involved and used the exercises to test their interoperability. Over thirty Russian warships based out of the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol in the Crimean Peninsula and the Russian port of Novorossiysk in Krasnodar Krai will be participating. The objective of the games are to show that Russia could mobilize for any event at a moments notice.

The war games surprised the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Who even complained the Russian war games started in the Black Sea without prior notice. In fact, NATO asked Russia to be more open about its moves and give NATO Headquarters in Brussels notice of its military movements in the future. Alexander Vershbow, the American Deputy Secretary General of NATO, even demanded “maximum transparency” from Russia. One may ask, why the rattled bones?

Russian response to war plans against the Syrians?

Is it mere coincidence that Russia is flexing its muscles after NATO revealed it was developing contingency plans for a Libya-style intervention in Syria on March 20? Two days later, Israel and Turkey ended their diplomatic row through a timely agreement that was supposedly brokered by US President Barack Obama in twenty minutes while he was visiting Israel. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that with Obama’s help a deal was made with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan to end the diplomatic rift over the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara in 2010.

Days later, this event was followed by the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) — a phoney opposition organization constructed by the US, UK, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — being ceremoniously given Syria’s seat at the Arab League. In what appears to be an attempt at repeating the Libya scenario, the SNC is being recognized as the government of Syria. At the Arab League summit, the SNC’s leader Moaz Al-Khatib immediately called for NATO military intervention in coordination with Qatar’s call for regime change and military intervention in Damascus on March 26.

Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib.(AFP Photo / Karim Sahib)
Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib.(AFP Photo / Karim Sahib)

In a stage-managed move, the puppet SNC has asked the US, UK, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and NATO to enforce a no-fly zone with the aim of creating a SNC-controlled emirate or enclave in northern Syria. Al-Khatib has announced that he has talked to US Secretary of State John Kerry to use the NATO Patriot Missiles stationed in Turkey to create the no-fly zone over northern Syria. Effectively what he is talking about is the balkanization of Syria. Kerry seems to be on top of it. Victoria Nuland, the spokeswoman of the US Department of State, said the US is considering the request about imposing a no-fly zone. Even earlier, Kerry made a surprise visit to Baghdad and threatened the federal government in Iraq to fall into line with Washington’s regime change plans against Syria. He said he wanted the Iraqis to check Iranian passenger planes heading to Syria for weapons, but much more was said.

The American Empire’s satraps are all on the move. Qatar and Saudi Arabia no longer hide the fact that they are arming and funding the insurgents in Syria. In February, the UK and France lobbied the rest of the European Union to lift its Syrian arms embargo, so that they can openly arm the anti-government foreign fighters and militias that are trying to topple the Syrian government. Israel and Turkey have been forced to mend fences for the sake of the Empires war on the Syrians.

Obama realigns Israel and Turkey against Syria

The Israeli and Turkish rapprochement conveniently fits the aligning chessboard. Obama’s visit to Israel was about imperial politics to maintain the American Empire. As two hostile neighbours of Syria, Tel Aviv and Ankara will have deeper cooperation in the Empire’s objectives to topple the Syrian government. All of a sudden, the governments in both countries started complaining in line with one another about how the humanitarian situation in Syria was threatening them. In reality, Israel is not hosting any Syrian refugees (and oppresses Syrians under its occupation in the Golan) whereas Turkey has actually neglected many of its legal and financial obligations to the Syrian refugees it hosts on its territory and has tried to whitewash this by labeling them as foreign “guests.”

A child watches a woman washing a bassin at the Syrian refugee camp 5km from Diyarbakir, on the the way between Diyarbakir and Mardin, after snowfall, on January 9, 2013.(AFP Photo / Stringer)

A child watches a woman washing a bassin at the Syrian refugee camp 5km from Diyarbakir, on the the way between Diyarbakir and Mardin, after snowfall, on January 9, 2013.(AFP Photo / Stringer)
According to Agence France-Presse, the Israelis have even opened a military field hospital to help the insurgents topple the Syrian government. The military facility is located in an area named Fortification 105 in Syria’s Israeli-occupied Golan Heights (originally referred to as the Syrian Heights in Israel). It is essentially a support base for anti-government forces and only the tip of the iceberg in regards to Israeli involvement in Syria. Israel’s January strikes on Syria were the fruits of the cooperation between the Israelis and insurgent militias.

Sensing the suspicious eyes gazing at the Turkish government and perhaps getting unnerved by the Kremlin’s muscle flexing, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has rejected he claims that Tel Aviv and Ankara were closing ranks against Syria. Davutoglu must have been unaware of what was said in Israel about their rapprochement. Even though Netanyahu vowed never to apologize for the killing of Turkey’s citizens on the Mavi Marmara, Tel Aviv’s apology to Turkey was publicly justified by the Israeli government on the basis of addressing Syria through coordination with Turkey. Many of the suspicious eyes that turned to look at the Erdogan’s government over the deal with Israel are Turkish. Davutoglu actually lied for domestic consumption, knowing full well that the Turkish public would be outraged to know that Prime Minister Erdogan was really normalizing ties with Israel to topple the Syrian government.

The message(s) of the Russian war games

The American Empire is arranging the geopolitical chessboard with is satraps in its ongoing war on Syria. Perhaps it plans on using Israel to do a re-play of the Suez Crisis. In 1956, after Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal, the UK and France drew a plan with Israel to annex the Suez Canal by getting Israel to attack Egypt and then claiming to intervene militarily as concerned parties who wanted to keep the Suez Canal safe and open for international maritime traffic. A new assault against Syria under the banners of the Israelis is possible and could be used as an excuse for a Turkish and NATO “humanitarian invasion” that could result in the creation of a northern humanitarian buffer zone (or a broader war).

A pattern can be depicted from all these events. At the start of 2013, Russia held major naval drills in the Eastern Mediterranean against a backdrop of tension between Moscow and the US-led NATO and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) coalition that has been destabilizing Syria. After the US and its anti-Syrian coalition threatened to intervene militarily and deployed Patriot missiles on Turkey’s southern border with Syria, a Russian naval flotilla was dispatched off the Syrian coast to send a strong message to Washington not to have any ideas of starting another war. In turn, the US and its allies tried to save face by spreading rumours that the Kremlin was preparing to evacuate Russian citizens from Syria, because the Syrian government was going to collapse and the situation was going to get critical.
A ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet during large-scale military exercises Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered while flying back from the South African Republic to Moscow. (Screen shot of a video of Zvezda TV channel).(RIA Novosti)
A ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet during large-scale military exercises Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered while flying back from the South African Republic to Moscow. (Screen shot of a video of Zvezda TV channel).(RIA Novosti)

Paralleling the Russian war games in the Black Sea, the Russian Air Force held long-range flights across Russia. This included flights by Russian nuclear strategic bombers. On the other end of Eurasia, China also conducted its own surprise naval war games in the South China Sea. While the US and its allies portrayed the Chinese moves as a threat to Vietnam over disputed territory in the South China Sea, the timing of the naval deployment could be linked to either Syria (or North Korea) and coordinated with Russia to warn the US to keep the international peace.

In a sign of the decline of the American Empire, just before the Russian war games in the Black Sea, all the increasingly assertive BRICS leaders warned the US against any adventurism in Syria and other countries. The Russian and Chinese muscle flexing are messages that tell Washington that Beijing and Moscow are serious and mean what they say. At the same time, these events can be read as signs that the world-system is coming under new management.
 

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‘Apologies, Lies & Audio tapes!’

April 2, 2013

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Erdogan’s never ending bravados!
“…And as if to emphasize that nothing has really changed yet, Erdogan keeps using the same rhetoric. Thus, notwithstanding the apology, Erdogan still insists on referring to the killing of civilians on the Mavi Marmara as no less than “massacre” and, according to the Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet, Erdogan has even bragged that, in addition to receiving the written apology notice, he recorded his phone conversation with Netanyahu and thus has in his possession a recorded evidence of the pledge made by Netanyahu to cooperate with the Turkish government on the diplomatic process with the Palestinians. …”

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Israel gets Turkey on board to destroy Syria: Dr. Kevin Barrett

March 31, 2013

Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:13PM

…all of these countries are under the sway of the international Zionist and they are trying to break up [Syria] as part of the Oded Yinon plan to smash all of the potential enemies of Israel in the region into little tiny statelets along ethnic and sectarian lines. So that is the real reason of course that Israel wants to make friends with Turkey to get Turkey fully on board with the Israeli plan to destroy Syria.”

A political analyst tells Press TV that the real reason that Israel wants to make friends with Turkey is to get Turkey fully on board with the Israeli plan to destroy Syria.

The comments came after Israeli President Shimon Peres said Israel has a thousand reasons to be friends with Turkey, expressing his satisfaction with the resumption of relations with Ankara. Peres stated that somehow both Israel and Turkey “wanted to put an end to this misunderstanding and return to the good relations that have existed between Turkey and ourselves for many good years.”

Press TV has conducted an interview with Dr. Kevin Barrett, author and political commentator, to further discuss the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: One thousand reasons for Israel and Turkey to be on friendly terms according to Shimon Peres, what are some of those reasons in your opinion?

Barrett: Well I guess the one thousand reasons for Israel and Turkey to be friends according to Shimon Peres are the one thousand Zionist agents who are planted throughout the Turkish military, many of them at very high levels.

Turkey was taken over by Zionist basically agents of international banking and freemasonry with the end of the Caliphate and Ataturk with his fascist war on Islam throughout the past decades in Turkey was the worst enemy of Islam on the planet and in that sense Turkey under Ataturk and his followers became aligned with Zionism.

But today Turkey is gradually becoming a democracy, an Islamic democracy and a vast majority of the people of Turkey have absolutely no use for Israel.

So those one thousand reasons that Peres was talking about are not actual policy reasons, they are certainly not reasons that have anything to do with what the Turkish people want. Those reasons I would say are the remaining members of the Turkish military who haven’t yet been purged due to their treasonous links with Israel and Israeli-linked organized crime networks.

Sibel Edmonds, former FBI translator here in the US has talked extensively about these Israeli-linked organized crime networks that operate in Turkey. They smuggle heroin, they were involved in planning the 9/11 attacks according to Sibel Edmonds, she is one of our biggest whistleblowers here in the USA and they have purged a number of these organized crime figures and Israeli agents from the Turkish military already.

I believe there are well over a dozen Turkish high level military officers serving life sentences in prison for plotting to carry out 9/11 style false flag terrorist attacks in Turkey to overthrow their democratic government and install a fascist military regime in crackdown and descent.

Press TV: Let me interrupt you there, many are saying and also as admitted by the Israeli and Turkish side the reason for the recent rapprochement between Israel as well as Turkey is for the sake of Syria in manufacturing what is taking place there to their advantage.

Do you agree with that because many are saying this is basically a declaration of war against Syria?

Barrett: Well yes. Israel wants Turkey to help the Zionists destroy Syria in retaliation for Syria’s help for Hezbollah and Hamas in the recent military victories over Israel.

So that’s the kind of a bottom line here is that Israel is using all of its influence in all of this various countries that it largely owns, Turkey being one of them or semi owns it, the USA being another, Saudi Arabia being the third, all of these countries are under the sway of the international Zionist and they are trying to break up [Syria] as part of the Oded Yinon plan to smash all of the potential enemies of Israel in the region into little tiny statelets along ethnic and sectarian lines.

So that is the real reason of course that Israel wants to make friends with Turkey to get Turkey fully on board with the Israeli plan to destroy Syria.

Press TV: And also right now we have just seen Israeli forces open fire on Syrian territory from the occupied Golan Heights, is this the beginning of an intervention that we are going to see as a result of this rapprochement between Israel and Turkey?

Barrett: Well it will be very interesting if Israel is the outside party that intervenes most blatantly in Syria and that would show all of the supposedly Muslim friends of the supposed resistance in Syria which is really mostly mercenaries and terrorists from armed and paid for by other countries that the real force behind this destabilization of Syria is Israel.

So that would be a strategic mistake on part of the Israelis and their allies in the destabilization of Syria for Israel to directly invade Syria or get even more involved, obviously involved than it already is.

AHK/JR

 
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ERDUGAN / NETENYAHU RECONCILIATION SHOW

March 27, 2013
Mideast Israel Palestinians Turkey

Recep Erdogan is still conducting his show and running his circus except for the fact that now he has become more exposed than ever . The staged reconciliation between him and Netenyahu monitored by Obama caused the relations that were never severed to resume . From the beginning Erdogan has been performing his show of being a foe to Israel which cannot be …since Turkey’s relations with Israel go back to the foundation of Israel itself and were supposed to make up for the absence of Arab/ Israeli relations . The economical exchange between the two countries has reached its peak under Erdogan and involved all kinds of trade. The Mavi Marmara was but an accident arranged probably by Turkish Intelligence to boost the Turkish image as a supporter of the Arabs ready to sacrifice for Palestine and acquire thus a credibility regarding the Palestinian cause that will give it a say in the matter.

Now coordination is required between the two allies regarding the war launched by the west against Syria . The visit of Obama to Israel comes to lift up the morals of the usurping state whose territories have become fully accessible to the missiles of Hizbullah and to change the balance of forces in favor of Israel. This change can only happen if Syria – the major ally of the Lebanese Resistance – surrenders . The staged reconciliation between Netenyahu and Erdogan is just for gullible people and what happened is that Netenyahu – summoned by Obama – apologized by telephone to his long time friend and ally for the death of nine Turkish peace activists killed by the Israeli army according to a previous understanding over the matter between Turkish and Israeli Intelligences as has been leaked . The apology will be followed by indemnities paid by Israel to the Turkish families to make up for their loss provided Turkey drops all legal charges against the Israeli government . This is how the victims of the Mavi Marmara- on whom Erdogan built his glory- have been sold cheap by him . We hope the Turks will wake up one day to the circus run by Erdogan and by Uglu that uses sectarian Islam for the benefit of NATO and Israel and at the expense of the Arab Cause.

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Turkey to Continue Nuremberg Trials against Israel

March 26, 2013

“A serious error,” said Netanyahu’s main political partner, Avigdor Lieberman, after learning that Israel had formally apologized to Turkey for the killing of nine of its citizens during the Gaza’s Freedom Flotilla incident. One is tempted to acknowledge Lieberman’s wisdom, but this is not the case. Lieberman being Lieberman, he spoke out of primitive nationalistic reflexes, without stopping to consider the issue rationally. He is right, but he doesn’t know why.

Yesterday’s Secrets
 
A few days after the apology, new details were published by the Hebrew media. “Mush’hatim, nim’astem!” (roughly “corrupt people, we’re fed up with you!”), was the slogan that terminated Shimon Peres political career in the 1990 “Dirty Trick” Affair. He was so mistrusted, that potential partners to his attempt to form a government requested from him personal cash-securities as guarantees. Nobody trusted Peres. Netanyahu enjoys a similar reputation. During his recent coalitional negotiations, his partners and enemies as one didn’t get tired of mentioning how treacherous Netanyahu is. Hebrew media disclosed that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to accept Netanyahu’s apology through a phone call unless Netanyahu supplied in advance, by email, the exact text of the apology. The Turkish Prime Minister feared being tricked into a faulty apology; he can’t be blamed for being suspicious.
 
Yet, the text of the apology was slightly changed, though with Turkish consent. Turkey had demanded Israel to recognize that it had conducted a deliberate attack on the Mavi Marmara. Instead, the final text acknowledged “the killings and wounding aboard the Mavi Marmara were not carried out intentionally,” and that they were “an operational error.” Maybe this was the error that Mr. Lieberman was referring to; yet, the error Israel committed was of a different nature.
 
Turkey got all its other demands. A humanitarian fund will be established by the Turkish government; the government will determine the amount of compensation to be paid by Israel. The fund will get the funds and transfer them to the injured families. Official estimates by Israel claim that the amount will be of several tens of millions of dollars. Turkey presents itself again as the colonial ruler of Holy Land; strengthening this assessment is Prime Minister Erdogan’s announcement that he will visit Gaza and the West Bank, though a date was not provided. Persistent rumours in the last month claim that Turkey will raise the level of its diplomatic representation in Palestine; Turkey’s Jerusalem Consul General, Şakir Özkan Torunlar, will probably be promoted to Ambassador to Palestine. Changing the delicate regional balance, Turkey announced that its Foreign Minister Davutoglu will visit Israel before its Prime Minister visits Gaza and the West Bank.
 
Palestine became the center. Then, Turkey added that if the compensation agreement is paid without any complications, “there is also the option that Turkey will invite high-level Israel officials to visit Ankara.” These are quite amazing statements in the diplomatic world. Such a confidence is a clear indication that Turkey has the upper-hand. Israel missed something in its apology.
 
Admiral Eliezer Marom Gabi Ashkenazi Major General Amos Yadlin
Admiral Eliezer Marom, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, Major General Amos Yadlin
Related to this: Netanyahu’s Road to Damascus
     

Nuremberg Trials against Israel
 
On November 6, 2012, Turkey announced that a court in Istanbul will try in absentia (“in the absence,” a trial at which the defendant is not physically present) four ex-Israeli military commanders over the IDF Freedom Flotilla raid in 2010. The Mavi Marmara was trying to break the blockade of Gaza and bring humanitarian aid to the refugees there. Nine Turkish activists were killed by Israeli naval commandos (Shayetet 13), who had boarded the ship. In May 2012, Turkey’s Justice Ministry Sadullah Ergin finished his probe on the affair and requested information from the country’s Foreign Ministry on several IDF soldiers; a fact reported by the Turkish Today’s Zaman. On May 24, it was made public that criminal charges had been laid by Turkey against four IDF officers, demanding life sentences. Among the indictments were “inciting murder through cruelty or torture.”
 
Shayetet 13 Naval Commando Boarding the Mavi Marmara
Shayetet 13 Naval Commando Boarding the Mavi Marmara
The accusations target the IDF upper echelon. The list is led by former IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi; the others are the ex-naval chief Admiral Eliezer Marom, the former head of military intelligence Major General Amos Yadlin, and the former head of the air force Major General Avishai Lev. Over 500 people will give testimony during the trials, most of them passengers who were aboard during the event. There is no question about the events; all the facts are acknowledged also by the IDF and the UN; both published reports on the violent event. The UN inquiry said that Israel’s decision to board the ship and the use of substantial force was “excessive and unreasonable.” Yet, considering the videos of the event, the UN assessment looks unreasonably soft towards Israel. Heavily armed commando soldiers attacked and killed people armed with little more than improvised sticks. Moreover, on June 13, 2012, Israel State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss published his report on the Israeli government’s behavior in the event. Prime Minister Netanyahu turned out to be rather clumsy and incompetent to the extent of causing an unnecessary disaster. In the words of the comptroller: “The decision making process regarding the dealings with the Turkish flotilla led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and under his responsibility was found to include essential and significant flaws.” One could expect Turkey to make use of the Israeli reports and place charges also against Mr. Netanyahu. However, this is not possible. On February 15, 2002, the International Court of Justice halted a Belgian attempt to try Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in Lebanon in 1982 when he was Israel’s Minister of Defense, ruling that serving ministers are protected from prosecution. Thus, Turkey chose to center its efforts on the responsible IDF officers.
 
In other words, Turkey decided last year to conduct a parallel to the Nuremberg Trials against Israel. These were a series of military tribunals, held by World War II Allied forces, of prominent Nazi Germany leaders. They were held in the city of Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, in 1945–46. One of the defendants, Martin Bormann, was tried in absentia, and sentenced to death; he had been the successor to Hess as Nazi Party Secretary. An indirect testimony of the Israeli acceptance of the Nuremberg Trials is that Israel conducted similarly problematic trials. The Nazis and Nazi Collaborators Punishment Law (Hok Le’Asiat Din BaNatzim) from August 1, 1950, legalizes the execution of Nazis. Thus, Israel opened the gate for conducting similar trials in absentia against its officials (a deeper analysis appears here).
 
Newly sworn Israeli Minister of Justice Tzipi Livini (the appointment is a superb testimony to Netanyahu’s sense of humor) was surprised when she spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu about the creation of the committee supervising the funds transfer. “Turkey can undertake not to submit any charges against Israelis, but it is not legally possible [for it to] to cancel private proceedings that have already begun. The only thing is to try to persuade their families to withdraw their claims, but there is no way to force them to do so,” she was told. In other words, the Israeli apology had admitted that the IDF upper echelon committed crimes. Israel is not trying its criminal generals thus Turkey will. That is what the usually eloquent Lieberman had called “a serious error” of Netanyahu. A trial against criminal generals will become a significant step forward towards Justice, which neither Israel nor the West own a monopoly on it.
 

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Zionist PM Apologizes, Amends Ties with Turkey

March 22, 2013

Local Editor
 
US President Barack Obama (Up L), Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu (Up R), Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L)In their first phone conversation since 2010, the Zionist PM has apologized to Turkish PM Erdogan for deaths in the Gaza flotilla raid, Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said. The Zionist entity also agreed to compensation for bereaved families.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted the apology and agreed with his Zionist counterpart on the need to normalize the relationship that deteriorated after the UN report in 2011 made public the storming of a Turkish aid flotilla.
As back then no apology followed from the Jewish entity, Ankara expelled its ambassador and froze military cooperation with the country.

During Friday’s call, Netanyahu and Erdogan “agreed to restore normalization between Israel and Turkey, including the dispatch of ambassadors and the cancellation of legal steps against IDF soldiers,” Ofir Gendelman, the Zionist PM’s spokesperson said in statement posted on FaceBook.

Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara was on its way from Turkey to the Gaza Strip when it was intercepted by the Zionist Navy in May 2010. The vessel was part of a flotilla that was attempting to break an occupation naval blockade of Gaza. As a result of the incident, nine Turkish activists aboard the vessel were killed.

The news on the telephone call was broken by US President Barack Obama himself.
“The United States deeply values our close partnerships with both Turkey and Israel, and we attach great importance to the restoration of positive relations between them in order to advance regional peace and security,” Obama said.

“I am hopeful that today’s exchange between the two leaders will enable them to engage in deeper cooperation on this and a range of other challenges and opportunities,” the US president added.
The statement was released by the White House just before he ended a visit to the Occupied Territories.

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Turkey 4th Exporter of Goods to Zionist Entity: Reports

December 16, 2012
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A Turkish daily reported Friday that following the straining of Turkey- Zionist entity relations after the killing of 9 Turk citizens in Mavi-Marmara flotilla attack, both governments have resumed their former relations secretly.

Turkey: Yeni Asya dailyAccording to the Iranian Mehr News Agency, Turkish daily Yeni Asya wrote that bilateral relations are resuming the former path behind the closed doors.
“Deployment of missile shield radar in Kürecik military base in Malatya, a southern province has the definite objective of defending the Zionist entity against Iran,” Mehr said, adding that other cooperation includes Patriot deployment near borders with Syria.

Al Alam, the Arabic TV news network, reported that a bridge over the sea connects İskenderun harbor to the Zionist port city of Haifa and facilitates transport of trucks from Turkey to Occupied Territories, Jordan, and other Persian Gulf states.

The bridge was constructed after Turkey closed its borders with Syria, while Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish prime minister, was criticized Egypt over its position on the Zionist invasion of Gaza, and Ahmet Davutoğlu, Turkish Foreign Minister, was crying for the victims during his Gaza visit.

Yeni Asya daily also revealed that Hakan Fidan, head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) had meetings with the head of Mossad to boost intelligence cooperation with the Zionist entity.

According to this report, the détente is not limited to intelligence, and political relations also on the card between these traditionally-allied countries.

Yeni Asya unfolded that Erdoğan criticizes the entity of occupation in public, while – at the same time – holds secret diplomatic and intelligence meetings with it. A 58-per cent rise in the Zionist exports to Turkey and 42-per cent rise in Turkey export to the entity have made Turkey the 4th largest exporter to Zionist entity of occupation.

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PARLER POUR NE RIEN DIRE اذا كان الكلام من فضة فالسكوت من ذهب

October 17, 2012

By Daniel Mabsout
 
Graphics by Alex 

Every ambitious politician nowadays finds out he should address the issue of Palestine, and this because there is great pressure exerted world wide , by the general public opinion, to address this issue . Even Obama had to promise to solve the Palestinian problem . As for the nature of this public opinion one should ask whether it is i

ntelligent , purposeful , deep and serious or shallow and childish ? Or does this public opinion settle for anything like a child crying for a toy would settle for anything

Every ambitious politician knows also that the interests of Israel and the world order form a current of forces against which no politician can swim without suffering the consequences .

According to these two directives mentioned above , the politician has to move , he has to fulfill the actual demands of Israel and he has to fulfill the verbal demands of Palestinians .

That is why the world order does not mind that all become pro Palestinians and raise the Palestinian flag. Even Peres said during Gaza war that he loved Palestinian children and he wanted them to have a good life and breathe fresh air ; and same for Erdogan who displays his support for the cause while deploying the NATO missile shield to protect Israel.

What the world order is trying to do is to keep the public opinion in its unintelligent , misinformed childish state .The world order does not mind supporters of Palestine who are against Iran or supporters of Palestine who are against Syria and against the Lebanese Resistance , because their support to the cause is to no avail ; it will not lead to anything because they are people trying to go in two opposite directions at the same time , the resultant of which will be going nowhere.

As long as the pro Palestinian opinion does not mature to become purposeful and successful, the world order does not mind it and Israel does not mind it but rather caters to it because it will have a say in the matter.

When peace activism started becoming a serious matter beginning with Rachel Corrie , Galloway and then the Mavi Marmara , and activists started assuming fully the responsibilities of their mission carrying the job to the end regardless of the difficulties and sacrifices , the world order was not happy , even Erdogan got scared , the activists were intent on ending the siege and sending more convoys by sea and by land .

This had to stopped and for this reason, the Israelis committed the slaughter on the Mavi Marmara, and for the same reason, the second Mavi Marmara was prevented from sailing, and for the same reason the mission Aloha Palestine of Ken O’Keefe was abducted.. Were the movement not hindered and the activists not obstructed , we would have had hundreds of ships sailing to Gaza.

Finally the verbal support for Palestine should not be desired and catered to and should not be our objective , because it is desired also by Israel and the world order ; A vote or a chair in the UN , peace negotiations , two state solutions are only verbal objectives ; only that verbal support that is not blind and aimless and childish and that is connected to the intelligence of people and is part and parcel of the actual attainment , is desired , we should sow seeds and remove weeds and embark on our endeavor”

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Turkish ‘war lobby’ in collusion with Tel Aviv prepares to corner Obama on the eve of the elections!

October 15, 2012

FLC

Excellent post by ‘b’ at moonofalabama today, including an ominous warning by our friend WP Lang (aka. Mon Colonel); (IMO, it will not happen.)

“…Jon Williams is foreign editor for the BBC. A few hours ago he tweeted:

‘Some NATO allies growing suspicious of #Turkey. Fear Istanbul provoking #Syria. One official says Damascus “v restrained” in circumstances!’

Those NATO allies are not alone in growing suspicious. Abdullah Bozkurt is Bureau-in-Chief of the Turkish Today’s Zaman newspaper. That paper is part of the Gülen movement and in general friendly with the current Turkish AKP government. Bozkurt also has extensive experience has Today’s Zaman U.S. correspondent. His latest column is headlined: The pro-war lobby rallies in Turkey

‘… It should be obvious by now that there is a pro-war lobby in the Turkish capital, one that is itching for a major confrontation with Syria and one that also has considerable influence over the government decision making process. This lobby is determined to drag Turkey into an adventurous conflict with Syria, one that is certain to escalate into region-wide hostilities with traditional backers of the Bashar al-Assad regime facing off with Turkey in the proxy of the Syrian swamp.

The relentless war lobby is after a “fait accompli” to commit the government and the country to a permanent war in Syria, but is afraid of the repercussions of presenting such a plan in the public…’

Bozkurt does not give any names but points at certain other interests that might want to get a war going:

‘ … The last thing Obama wants at this point is a Syrian crisis spiraling out of control that would put him in a weak spot in regard to his Republican challenger. Maybe that is exactly what the war lobby in Ankara wants. Creating an outrageous incident in response to which Turkey would feel the need to invoke Article 5 of the NATO military alliance, the clause on collective defense, might force Obama into a corner on the eve of presidential elections and prompt an American intervention…. ‘

I can think of some blowhart in Tel Aviv who would like to have Obama defeated and who might have the capabilities to order up some event, a certain “Syrian provocation” that kills many Turks but which’s origin would be rather mysterious, that would allow the Turkish pro-war lobby to achieve its “fait accompli”. But, as Bozkurt writes, a war over Syria would not be confined to Syria. It would have disastrous consequences. As the military Middle East expert Pat Lang remarked (in the comment section of KC’s piece in SST)

‘… A “Guns of August’ scenario is quite possible in which Syria, Hizbullah Russia and Iran line up against NATO, Israel and the US. The catastrophic implications of such an evolution are obvious…’

Any serious event on the Turkish Syrian border could now be an October surprise to unleash a Guns of August like situation. It is not something anyone in this world should wish for.”

Turkish Regional Test: Rhetoric and Actions

October 13, 2012


Turkish soldiers in a military vehicle patrol on the Turkish-Syrian border near the village of Hacipasa in Hatay province, southern Turkey 11 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Osman Orsal)
 
Published Thursday, October 11, 2012
 
The Turkish government is daily repeating aggressive statements and threats to the Syrian regime, such as demanding the Syrian president to resign and even military threats – as happened lately after a Syrian mortar killed three Turks near the border inside Turkey.

However, Turkey is still not able to intervene in a direct and more powerful way and this is not the first time Turkey faces such a contradiction between its rhetoric and actions, as happened in 2010 when Israeli forces killed 11 Turks during the “Gaza flotilla attack.”

This dilemma appears because the Justice and Development Party (AKP) exists under the following factors: Ottoman’s historical glory, rejection from the Europeans, the geo-strategic visions of Ahmet Davutoğlu (Minister of Foreign Affairs), and, most importantly, the AKP’s need for a religious–revolutionary rhetoric to mobilize the Turkish people in order to control power away from military elites’ restrictions and national parties’ influence. This means that the AKP ignored for a period the structural elements, especially the regional balance of power, and that has made the party lose its credibility over time.

Theoretically there are two main approaches, the first emphasizes the priority of the structure and objective conditions which determine the behavior of the agent, as the balance of power and the nature of regional system. For example, Soli Özel (Istanbul Kadir Has University) argues that “Undoubtedly, the actors do shape their environment, but not at will. They are circumscribed by their capacities, by other actors’ relative power, and the conditions created by major shifts in that environment.” The second approach gives priority to the agent who influences the structure and shapes it; the structure is not more than the sum of the actions of the agents. For that, the most important aspect of the agent’s behavior is its identity, internal system, strategic culture, values and ambitions.

This structure-agent debate can contribute to understanding the current crisis in Turkish foreign policy, as it faces many restrictions and obstacles – as is evident in the tensions with Syria and Israel. In the Israeli case, it was interesting to notice that as Turkey became more aggressive towards Israel it becomes closer to the US and NATO, which makes it rhetoric against Israel suspicious. This not to say that Turkey is just a “Western proxy,” it differs in this aspect from some Arab regimes, but rather that Turkey is a regional power with wide national interests in Eurasia and clear ambition for regional leadership and for that it seeks to cooperate, coordinate and integrate with Western polices in the Middle East.

However, some Western powers demand Turkey, as a regional power, to engage more and hold more responsibility in the Syrian crisis. Anne-Marie Slaughter (former director of policy planning in the US State Department) criticized Turkey when it called for an international conference titled “Friends of Syria”, because of its weak and reactive and rhetorical policy that is based merely on diplomacy and words without actions. States that are eager to enjoy the trappings of great-power status – with the assumption that they must be consulted on major events or crises in their regions – must accept the burdens that go with it. They must be prepared not just to talk, but to act, she concluded.

After controlling the internal political game and testing the balance of regional power, especially with the rise of the Russian and Chinese regional roles and the growing tensions with Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Iran, Kurds and Iraq, AKP’s government is now more concerned with focusing on structural elements – mainly strategic calculations for the power game in the Middle East. This development led analysts such as Asli Aydintasbas (columnist for the Turkish daily Milliyet) to argue that “Turkey’s Syria policy will remain rhetoric in the absence of a clear international consensus regarding further action.”

Furthermore, Turkey within such a regional environment will seek for strategic partnership with new Arab regimes as Egypt, and with the NATO.

This harmony between Turkey and NATO contradicts Israeli’s predictions at the beginning of their crisis with Ankara that Turkey is shifting away from the West. Efraim Inbar (Director of Begin-Sadat Center, BESA) warned in series of articles after the “Gaza flotilla attack,” that Turkish understandings with Islamic powers such as Iran, Syria and “resistance” movements, will change the balance of power within the Middle East, reduce the Western influence in the region, weaken NATO, and threaten oil routes to the West. This Israeli campaign was aiming to mobilize the West against the AKP and to isolate Ankara, because the Israelis were confused and concerned about the Turkish shift and US withdrawal from Iraq.

In conclusion, Turkey is using mainly its soft power and not its hard power in order to extend its influence and leadership in the region, and for that Turkey is using growing Islamic discourse which is deviating gradually toward sectarianism. As for the Syrian crisis, Turkey is and will continue to focus on diplomacy, statements and covert actions. Though this will not lead to defeating the Syrian regime, it will enhance Turkey’s legitimacy and attract more followers and supporters in the region. The current Turkish role is a reflection of the US decline in the region and the Western need to form a regional Sunni coalition to balance against Iran. It seems that the Middle East contains more than one “Israel.”

Hosam Matar is a Lebanese researcher of International Relations.

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect al-Akhbar’s editorial policy.

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