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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA Photo

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA Photo

Last week’s air raid by Israel on a military complex near Damascus is simply yet another reflection of Israeli “state terror,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today, blaming those who have been constantly “spoiling” Israel for such an attitude.

“Those who have from the very beginning looked in the wrong direction and who have nourished and raised Israel like a spoiled child should always expect such things from Israel. Moreover, this is not Israel’s first intervention of this kind into Syria. It conducted many interventions prior to this one too. The issue of the Golan Heights is obvious,” Erdoğan said at a press conference ahead of his departure from Istanbul for an official visit to Prague.

This is not the first time that Erdoğan has described Israel as a “spoiled child,” having previously accused both the United States and the United Nations of “giving credit to unilateral spoiled practices of Israel and ignore Israel’s inhuman actions.”

He also said Israel had a state structure that would not be forgiven by its own history.
“I have been saying from time to time that Israel has an understanding that piles up state terror. At the moment, where and what it will do is not certain either,” Erdoğan said.

‘Iran needs to review Syria policy’

When reminded of Iranian officials’ aggressive remarks encouraging Syria to retaliate against Israel, Erdoğan chose to harshly criticize the neighboring country for its general policy regarding Syria, rather than address Iran’s statements on Israel.

“Iran should check and review the stance it has assumed so far toward Syria. We believe that Iran’s attitude toward Syria so far has not been positive,” Erdoğan said, recalling that almost 60,000 Syrian citizens with whom Iran holds common values had so far been killed in the conflict.

“Iran is still silent while these people are being killed there,” he said, rhetorically asking what Iran was doing to ease the sufferings of Syrian refugees.

The prime minister also said Israel’s raid deserved action beyond mere condemnation, “However, with Iran reviewing its attitude toward Syria, if there was no such picture in Syria, then the matter between Israel and Syria might not have reached this point either.”

FM: Why no response from Syria?

For his part, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has questioned why Syria has not yet responded to the Israeli attack and questioned whether there was a secret deal between the Syrian regime and Israel.
Davutoğlu’s remarks, delivered to a group of journalists on Feb. 1 en route from Turkey to Serbia for an official visit, were published on Feb. 2.

“The Syrian army, which has been attacking its own innocent civilian people with planes, tanks and cannons for 22 months, hasn’t responded to this operation of Israel. Why does he not even throw a tiny pebble when Israeli planes are flying over [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad’s palace and offending his country’s honor?” Davutoğlu was quoted as saying.

“Is there a secret agreement between Israel and al-Assad?” he asked, while also underlining that he could not remain silent in the face of an Israeli attack on any Muslim country.


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Ran Meretz

2/3/2013 11:30:47 PM

Thank you to the writers of this report as when you read it carefully they are also amazed as to how anti Israel Erogan is! Erogan keeps bringing up the Moslem issue while this is not relevant and never has been.The issue is Syria is out of control,it has non convertible weapons that could end up with terror groups that could even launch them on Turkey or Israel. Erogan owes it to his civilians to make it clear that Turkey will also not allow for arms to be moved!But guess what he decided to say

Cagan cagan90

2/3/2013 11:14:27 PM

If it is to be objective enough, Erdogan is referring to holy Quran by saying that Israelian state will be judged by its own history. Personally, I do not see any reason not to believe this statement. Sooner or later, Israel's killings of those innocent people in Palestenia will be judged...


2/3/2013 9:11:25 PM

@ mara mcglothin, so the Middle Easterners are barbarians? That is an incredibly racist and thoughtless statement.


2/3/2013 8:56:21 PM

Does Erdogan have any advisors? If so does he bother listening to them, or just allow his mouth to work before his brain has even had breakfast?

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/3/2013 7:58:37 PM

AKP government has formed their Syria policy on a faulty and incomplete evaluation of region's history and Syria's social structure. More than every thing else, I think they just wanted to involve in the developing situation in Syria to respond the general belief in Turkey that Turkey has lost ground in the Mideast because it did not play an active role in the Mideast events, peace plans, conflicts, wars etc. Now the ill-prepared AKP government is displaying signs of confusion and even delusion.

Hartabuna Hartabuna

2/3/2013 7:11:25 PM

It seems that the esteemed PM and his sycophant FM Davutoğlu are writing Burak Bekdil's columns for him. Maybe HDN should start paying them royalties instead. Thank you gentlemen for a good laugh. I have seen puffer fish that were more intimidating.

Vargen Vargen

2/3/2013 6:30:31 PM

The PM has to specify if he means Turkish history or international history. In Turkey the government writes the history. It decides what happened and then forces this propaganda on all school chilldren in the country. History professors and journalists do not dare to object to the official history. That is why we constantly see clashses between the history of Turkey and the history written by the free world where historians are encouraged to also look at problematic events in their history.

ilker avni

2/3/2013 5:42:10 PM

How many times has the EU have to say NO to Turkeys EU bid before the peeny drops.For fifty years they have being saying NO,or maybe they shoukd try saying it in Turkish so that he understands the meaning of NO.

mara mcglothin

2/3/2013 5:15:27 PM

One minute, one minute! History will not forgive the esteemed PM for dismantling the principles of Ataturk that for all these years has held Turkey apart from all the barbarians in the ME.

Brazilian Observer

2/3/2013 4:39:04 PM

History will forget Erdogan much, much sooner than he thinks.
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