The difference between Israel and its neighbors: An Israeli man was indicted for throwing stones at the Egyptian embassy. The Egyptian man who scaled the Israeli embassy wall and replaced the Israeli flag with Egypt’s was hailed as a hero. And by the way, note that the AFP calls the Israeli flag “the Star of David flag”. It’s a very subtle way of delegitimizing Israel. Ah, the French. Their Jew-hatred will never end.
Help us Hillary-kenobe, you’re our only hope: You know, right now, I would vote for Hillary over Rick Perry. I don’t like Perry on too many issues, and I think if he keeps hammering social security, Rove is right: He’ll be unelectable. But I don’t like his record on the death penalty. I don’t like his record on teaching creationism in schools. It’s religion people, let’s stop pretending otherwise. But that really doesn’t matter. The way he’s going, if he’s the nominee, you can forget about the middle. And I’m part of that middle.
Turkeys from Turkey: You know, the bullshit just keeps on getting deeper and deeper. Erdogan refined his “no trade with Israel” to “no defense trade with Israel,” which hasn’t happened for the last 18 months. The war of words and threats continue, but I really can’t see Turkey actually causing an international incident with Israel. Meantime, some Israeli ministers are pointing out the obvious: Turkey’s Islamist bent began years ago, and won’t stop if Israel apologizes. The Turkish opposition isn’t mincing words:
K?l?çdaro?lu also criticized Turkish foreign policy policy, claiming that the Palmer Report, which legitimized the Gaza blockade, was a blow to the Turkish government. “This is one of the greatest defeats in the history of Turkish foreign policy.”
He added: “The Turkish government aimed to delegitimize the Gaza blockade and ultimately led to the UN’s legitimization of the blockade. Can this be regarded as successful foreign policy? Turkey has lost on all fronts: Its citizens were killed, it was defeated in the legal arena and has lost leverage in lifting the blockade which has only consolidated further.”
The best Turkey can come up with to counter? “Well, Livni supports us.” Um, no, she doesn’t.
“Despite deep disagreements with Netanyahu regarding his diplomatic conduct, I’ll keep defending IDF soldiers as they work to secure the nation,” Livni said. “There will be no rift between us on this issue. Both countries must revert back to talking with each other, not about each other.”
When one is in a deep hole, one should probably stop digging. But when one is Turkey, that won’t happen.