MIDEAST > Palestine 'against' Turkish PM Erdoğan's visit to Gaza: Official


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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA Photo

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA Photo

Palestine is opposed to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s intention to visit the Gaza Strip, as it would deepen divisions, a senior Palestinian official said yesterday.

Erdoğan said he planned to travel to the Gaza Strip and West Bank in the coming weeks. “The Palestinian Authority leadership has informed the Turkish government that we are opposed to such a visit because it would deepen divisions among the Palestinians,” Israeli daily Jerusalem Post quoted the official as saying.

He stressed that the Gaza Strip is not an independent Palestinian state and Hamas is not the legitimate representative of Palestinians. Israel issued a formal apology to Turkey and agreed to pay compensation over the Mavi Marmara killings of 2010 on March 22 after a phone conversation between the two countries’ premiers, Benjamin Netanyahu and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, brokered by U.S. President Barack Obama.

The statement came as the U.S. renewed its opposition to engaging Hamas. State Department acting deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell stressed that the U.S. continues to “urge all those wishing to provide international humanitarian support to Gaza to do so through established channels, to ensure that the Palestinians’ humanitarian needs and Israel’s legitimate security needs are both met.” Washington’s stance on Hamas militants has also “not changed,” he added, noting U.S. “opposition to engagement with Hamas.”


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Al Rashid

3/28/2013 3:49:04 PM

This is zionist (usa and israeli) pressure (aka economic threats and restrictive movement) on the Palestinian government in the West bank. That is what racist oppressive governments do to people they subjagate. That is why the Gazza Ghetto will remain the world's largest open air prison and the ghettoization of the West bank will continue apace. Knowing the pettiness of the zionists they probably threatened not to give fuel for the 'Palestinian Only buses' if they didn't stop the Turkish PM.

henry laycock laycock

3/28/2013 2:59:04 PM

The so-called 'Palestinian Authority' is simply taking its orders from Washington, and of course they are also forced to work with the occupying power. But Hamas came to power through an election, the 'Palestinian Authority' did not. It was a used as a tool to by-pass the democratic legitimacy of Hamas.

mara mcglothin

3/28/2013 2:50:30 PM

Yeah RIMON I am trying not to grin as I write my response. DUTCHTURK Try not to take it personally. It is just as some have been reporting all along. Gaza is not as cut and dried as everyone would think. THESSALONIAN speaks the truth and some Palestinian people have no use for Hamas. This is what I have heard from some Gazans myself, and not hearsay.

Ken Alden

3/28/2013 2:39:34 PM

P.M. Erdogzn is vedged between the provorbial "Rock and the Hard Place", he spoke out for the Gaza, now if there id any forther agressive activity from there to Israel, he will loose face! The trip is to emphasuse to Hamas the need for disengagement! West Bank Palestinians, have no choice but to distance themselfs, to wait and see.

cavit gur

3/28/2013 2:35:12 PM

That is difference between a freeman and a slave , Erdogan a free and Palestinian a enslaved , both are right with respect of their positions.

The Prisoner

3/28/2013 2:01:56 PM

Bang on @dede, Erdogan's reputation proceeds him. The sad thing is, he is dragging Turkey down with him and people are starting to perceive Turkey in a bad light due to the AKP hierarchy.


3/28/2013 1:58:43 PM

After all what Erdogan did for these Palestinians, i would like to say please shut up. Erdogan faced the western world for Gaza and he won't back off because of a village chief disagrees.

joe Maddin

3/28/2013 1:57:30 PM

One of the conditions imposed by Erdogan to Israel is the lifting of the siege of Gaza. Erdogan must go to Gaza to see if the condition is fulfilled, otherwise there will be another Mavi Marmara


3/28/2013 1:32:16 PM

Solid and concrete proof for Mr. Erdogan that not all Palestinians support Hamas and their supporters. Regards

Rimon Tree

3/28/2013 12:59:26 PM

I must admit that I cannot resist to allow myself some gloating..... I'll try to overcome it though.
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