- Jan 13, 2010
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
Criticism in Turkey: Erdogan knew Gaza sail would be violent - Israel News, Ynetnews
Its encouraging to hear other voices coming from Turkey, the question is how loud are they? How relevant are they? Is a journalist who writes such a colum in Turkey is considered moderate and popular or is he/she considered radical oppositionist.Politicians from Turkey's opposition parties and a number of columnists have expressed concern over the fueling of public rage towards Israel by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government in the aftermath of the deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla.
According to the critics, this policy is jeopardizing the delicate balance Turkey has maintained in its ties with the East and West. The public agenda, they say, is being dictated by the formerly obscure Humanitarian Relief Foundation, or IHH, an Islamist charity group believed by many to have links to global terror organizations.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chairman of The Republican People's Party and one of the opposition's leaders, told Turkish television, "The European Union and the United States consider Hamas a terror organization. We must be careful." The politician also demanded that the government release communications with Israel prior to the incident, suggesting it allowed the flotilla to proceed despite knowing that violence was likely.