POLITICS > 'Enough is enough,' Turkey's Davutoğlu tells Israel

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Turkey's Foreign Minister lashed out at Israel yesterday over its uncompromising stance on core issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

"Enough is enough. The longer the Palestinian-Israeli issue remained unresolved, the greater the price peoples of the region, including Turkey, pay. Israelis should decide on what they want," Ahmet Davutoğlu told a meeting of Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington.

Davutoğlu said Israel had failed to convey any positive messages either to the United States or to the region, but continued to build new settlements and make provocative statements.

"The existing status quo cannot exist anymore. Palestinians deserve their own state. Let me say put it frankly: The U.S. veto on the recognition of Palestine was wrong as was the Russian veto on Syria," he said, adding that Turkey would continue to support efforts for Palestine's recognition.

"Israel has to come to the table without putting forward any preconditions, like building new settlements. They have to decide whether they want a solution based on one state or two states. So we can learn who wants peace and who doesn't," Davutoglu said.

Popular uprisings in Arab countries had created "a new Middle East," he said, adding that Palestine was the core issue underlying all the problems in the region.

"There has to be a new approach, a fresh initiative to resolve this problem in this new era," Davutoğlu said. "I hope everyone will understand the new logic of the new era and act properly, in line with a solution based on two states."

Turkey had made sincere efforts together with Egypt to facilitate a national reconciliation in Palestine between Hamas and Al Fatah, Davutoğlu said, adding that the agreement between the two Palestinian groups needed to be supported.


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Arnold Yesovitch

6/18/2012 11:44:27 PM

Davutoglu says enough is enough. I say blah ,blah, blah ,blah , blah. Israel will do what is necessary to protect itself. Erdogan is 100% at fault for the deaths of the Turks. Erdogan should apologize to Israel. Erdogan should pay compensation to the families.

john albay

6/17/2012 11:25:22 PM

@david ellison. No you are wrong. Turkey has a problem with the terror state of israel because they murderer Turks on the high seas and stole their ship. It is called murder and robbery and the Turkish people dont stand for that. We support people who are correct not a terror state.

Chas Spencer

6/17/2012 9:55:30 PM

Anibody who is up on World Politics, certainly should know by now, Israel seldom will convey "any positive messages to the United States. It is obvious that the Israelis are unanimously agree that they own United States, stock, lock and barrel. They say "veto" US jumps and does it at the UN or anywhere else. It's all that simple, even Israeli children know that.

Ed Frias Ed Frias

6/17/2012 7:19:45 PM

The Muslims idea of peace. 6 in 10 Palestinians reject 2-state solution, survey finds GIL HOFFMAN 07/15/2011 73% of 1,010 Palestinians in W. Bank, Gaza agree with 'hadith' quoted in Hamas Charter about the need to kill Jews hiding behind stones, trees.

Ed Frias Ed Frias

6/17/2012 7:11:22 PM

The Palestinians are not interested in a two-state solution, as they are more in delegitimizing and destroying Israel than in creating a state for its own people.

Ed Frias Ed Frias

6/17/2012 7:10:43 PM

The Palestinians want a state free of Jews and to flood Israel with millions of Arabs for the 2nd Pal state. Even the crazies who run Sudan agreed to a 2 state solution with South Sudan. Imagine North Sudan telling South Sudan you have to take in millions of Arabs. South Sudan would have laughed at them. 99% of South Sudanese voted to be free from the Arabs.

Ed Frias Ed Frias

6/17/2012 7:08:57 PM

The Jews offered Arabs a two-state solution in 1919; accepted the two-state solution of the Peel Commission in 1937; accepted the UN two-state solution in 47-48. Israel offered the Palestinians a state in 2000; accepted the Clinton Parameters in 2000-01; and offered a state again at the end of 2008. The Palestinians rejected every offer, becoming the first people in history to reject a state 6 times and then set conditions for discussing another one.

timboo _

6/13/2012 2:10:47 PM

Good sentiments, but doesn't seem a little odd to take advice as simple as 'Palestinians deserve their own state' from the government that blankly refuses to even discuss Kurdish people getting one?

carlos valds

6/1/2012 2:46:34 PM

Turkey is the only country which speaks the truth to the world from the west. I salute Turkey for condeming israeli atrocities and I condemn Britain, Germany and France for thier complicity in the atrocities happening in israel by israel. If we are going to have a world which basis is human rights we must start confronting the abusers with a mirror. Finally there is a more important aspect to all of this. israel is the most dangerous, reckless country in world. Iran is very rational in compariso

american american

5/29/2012 9:12:25 AM

jerome, the festivities inistanbul tonight should give you your answer!
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