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Israeli Commanders Face Trial in Turkish Court


Odds long against justice. 

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article discussed arrest warrants issued for four ex-IDF senior officers. 

They're accused of ordering the May 31, 2010 Mavi Marmara massacre. Israeli commandos attacked the ship with orders to assassinate targeted victims.

Nine Turkish nationals were killed. Dozens more were wounded. Everyone on board was terrorized. Nonviolent humanitarian activists were attacked in international waters. They were trying to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Turkish/Israeli relations became strained. Ankara demanded an apology and compensation for families of victims. 

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Israel never says it's sorry. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned diplomatic relations might be severed unless Israel apologized, consented to an independent international investigation, and ended its Gaza siege.

Israel refused and stonewalled. Frayed relations followed. In fact, they began deteriorating earlier despite years of close military, economic, political, technological, cultural, academic, and practical ties. 

After the second Intifada erupted in September 2000, then Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit criticized Israel harshly. The 2003 Iraq caused friction. Each country differed on policy.

Israel wanted regime change. Turkey urged status quo. Ankara opposed partitioning Iraq and establishing a de facto Kurdistan on its border.

Israel's preemptive 2006 Lebanon heightened more tensions. So did Cast Lead. Gaza's siege has been a festering issue since imposed in mid-2006.

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Prime Minister Erdogan bluntly accuses Israel of repeated crimes of war and against humanity. He said Netanyahu's government threatens global peace.

At the 2009 World Economic Forum, he walked off the platform after a heated exchange with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

At issue also is jockeying for Middle East influence and dominance. Turkey wants to be an indispensable regional player. At the same time, it tries to balance East/West ties.

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