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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
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Israel will pay price for Gazans’ tears, Erdoğan says in Cairo

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TURKISH PRIME MINISTER RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN SPEAKS AT CAIRO UNIVERSITY ON SATURDAY. (PHOTO: AA)
17 November 2012, Saturday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM
Israel will sooner or later pay the price for the children killed in the Gaza Strip, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, vowing support for Palestinians.

In a speech at Cairo University, the Turkish prime minister described Egypt’s uprising that ousted longtime autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak from power last year as a point of hope for Palestinians.

Erdoğan, accompanied by a delegation of 12 ministers and 350 businessmen, visited Cairo on Saturday to intensify dialogue with the Middle Eastern country and hold talks with Egyptian officials on how to contain the ongoing fighting between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The visit is considered the largest in the history of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Erdoğan and the delegation accompanying him attended the second meeting of the Turkey-Egypt High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council. The Turkish prime minister later met Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for the first time since Egyptian Islamist leader was elected late June.

A presidential source told Reuters that Mursi was due to hold four-way talks with Erdoğan , the Qatari emir and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the Gaza crisis.

Turkish premier Tayyip Erdogan has been an outspoken critic of Israel, while Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, visited Gaza in October, breaking the isolation of the Palestinian group. Both arrived in Egypt earlier in the day.

The latest surge in the long-running conflict between Israel and Gaza began when the former killed Hamas military mastermind Ahmed Al-Jaabari in a precision airstrike on his car on Wednesday. Israel then began shelling the coastal enclave from land, air and sea. Four days of Israeli airstrikes have left more than 30 Palestinians dead.

On Saturday, Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in the Palestinian territory, after Israel's cabinet authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a possible ground invasion.

In his speech at the Cairo University, Erdoğan vowed support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and comdemned Israel for “aggression,” calling for it to stop attacks.

The Turkish prime minister also extended condolences to the Egyptians and the families of the victims of a train crash which left 49 people, mostly children, dead on Saturday in a city south of Cairo.

Erdoğan congratulated Egypt for its democratic revolution leading to the ouster of the decades-old Hosni Mubarak dictatorship last year, declaring that Turkey will continue to show solidarity with Egypt.

 
 
COMMENTS
SALAH, ISRAEl IS TERRIBLY AFRAID OF YET ANOTHER COMBINED MUSLIM ATTACK. THE LAST TIME, WE WERE LEFT WITH TONS OF SHOES LEFT BEHIND BY THE EGYPTIAN SOLDIERS AND WE DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEM. IT WAS A TERRIBLE PROBLEM. NEXT TIME, THEY SHOULD EITHER COME OVER BAREFOOT OR BRING ALONG THEIR OWN G...
MEIR BEN TAMAR
ABDULLAH, IT MAY INTEREST YOU TO KNOW THAT TURKEY HAS NOT WON ANY WARS SINCE THE 18TH CENTURY. HISTORY RECORDS ONLY THE CANAKKALE BATTLE, LIMITED DEFENSIVE OPERATION IN A WAR THEY LOST IN WWI, ANOTHER DEFENSIVE OPERATION AGAINST THE GREEKS AFTER WWI. NO OFFENSIVE VICTORIES SINCE THEN. TURKEY HAS BEE...
MEIR BEN TAMAR
IS THERE REALLY A PRIVE TO BE PAID FOR SHOOTING BAACK AT GAZA THAT RAINED THOUSANDS OF ALL SORTS OF PROJECTILES AGAINST CIVILIAN TARGETS IN ISRAEL. WHAT WOULD ERDOGAN DO IS ISRAEL'S STEAD ? WOULD HE ALSO HAVE TO PAY A PRICE FOR EXERCISING THE RIGHT OF RETALIATION IN SELF DEFENCE ? DOES HE HEAR WHAT ...
MEIR BEN TAMARL
Yes of course Mr Erdogan, like everybody else, is entitled to his opinions, but he, like everybody else, is not entitled to his own facts.
david coors
1. If Turkiye has learned any lesson from how Arabs treated Turks in the near past, it would never get involved in their problems again. I am sure Turks (supposedly Arabs' brothers in Islam), who were massacred by Arabs who cooperated with the victors of WWI to topple Ottoman Empire are turning in t...
rich murphy
MR. ERDOGAN IS ENTITLED TO HIS OPINIONS, AND DECISIONS AS HE SEES FIT, ACCORDING TO HIS PERCEPTIONS OF WHAT IS IN TURKEY'S BEST INTEREST. I DISAGREE WITH THE SOUNDNESS OF HIS POSITION, BUT THESE HAVE TO BE RESPECTED. HOWEVER, HE HAS DISCARDED HIMSELF FROM PLAYING ANY ROLE IN ANY NEGOTIATIONS, AS AN...
MEIR BEN TAMAR
Dear brother Amit Michael, If your a jew and a real Jew,then you do not have to follow Syria, Turkey, Iran, Hamas, Hizballah or El-qaeda, You have to Follow the God divine book Taura. In which it is written "if you Murder you must die" if you want to follow the new testament it is written here:"Put...
Asif Reyaz
Blaming THE JEW for everything bad that happens, from 9/11 to traffic jams in Cairo, is a popular sport in the Muslim world. The truth is, however, that if the Jews were removed from the Islamic menu this kind of situation would not occur. But the Muslim world is well aware of that, already. It is a...
mac4661
Yes Jeevan show the true face of Zionist evil.When your crimes are exposed then threaten to murder any who expose you.
Tana
more than 30 Palestinians and 3 Israelis are killed, the numbers say it all. So the lives of Israelis are more valuable. Of course nobody should be killed and it is possible to live together in peace. In the meantime the hate against muslims and Islam is continuing in the western media, even on thi...
pi
erdogan had better be careful. or else those planes may be heading towards ankara and istanbul!
jeevan
Erdogan want you to forget about victims of Islamic Turkey: Occupied Kurdistan, Occupied Cyprus, Occupied Kreuzburg, Aremnian genocide etc etc....
Beer
Asif Reyaz: Israel should take a lesson in morality!!! Which teacher should we choose? Syria, Turkey, Iran, Hamas, Hizballah or El-qaeda? Please help a poor confused Jew find his morality teacher...
Amit Michaeli
Infront of Turkey what is Israel only USA
Wahaaa
Offcourse Israel has to pay Price very soon. World known what is Turkey. If we Look Turkey History then Can beleave Isreal pay Price for GAZA War.
Abdullah
Israel is preparing to finishing Itself ? If Israel Start Any War with GAZAN then Hole Muslims World Fall on Israel Not Only Egypt, Turkey, Arabs but Also Qatar. Know GAZA Under Fire this fire if Explode then there is no Israel in the World.
Salah
Tears exist in both sides of the conflict, however Erdogan and Morsi pretend, as if innocent victims are only in Palestinian side.Who remembers the Fogel family with 3 children slaughtered in cold blood by night, from the hand of one "freedom fighter".Who gives a dam about the antitank missile aimin...
Chris Athens
Arrogance has no place in this world. Israel should change its attitude towards humanity the sooner the better.
asif Reyaz
Erdogan's statements add fuel to the fire. I can hardly believe that even he is prepared to ignore the fact that Hamas is deliberately targeting civilian settlements. The fact is that no military base has been attacked by Hamas. Erdogan the great humanist ought to display a bit of dignity regardless...
John McAuliffe
USA unconditional support for Israel turns them to a spoiled child in ME Israel’s killing women children are their speciality, because Zionist got no respect for human life. Israel Zionist will stop butchering innocent woman and children when US stops to support them,
JebelJim
Audrey it is not "very very easy" to remove unlawful occupiers, intruders with heavy machinery from your land and home. This is THE REASON for the rocket attacks which can never stop as long as the Yahoodhis steal Palestine of its land and kill its people.
jennet
Audrey Elson...your comment is synonymous with blatant prejudice against muslims. Expecting majority of brainwashed westerners to give a fair comment on this issues as always is just as unlikely as the sun not rising after period of darkness. Keep it up , zionist controlled media at it's best in co...
BILAL
Israel will pay very heavy price one day for their massacre of innocent palestians !
BILAL
How many prices does Erdogan want Israel to pay? Or better, how many prices will Erdogan make Israel pay? Does anyone really, really, really believe Erdogan? Not even his wife should believe him anymore. But what can one do with a loud mouth piece of waste? How shameful for Turkey to have a useless ...
Phango
What price Did Israel Pay for Turkish Tears ??? as in Mavi Marmara.... they paid none and will pay none for Gaza also...Erdogan talks tough but acts timid when it comes to Israel on Syria he orders Turkish Military to engage because of some accidental fire but for a cold calculated murderous assault...
ted
I am afraid the Turks have been infected by a dangerous and fatal disease. Its called "the Arab leaders dellusion syndrom". the symptoms of this fatal disease are abnormal big mouth with, arrogance and uselesness when needed, corrupt, and bloodthirsties. they have a low self esteem, complex of infer...
Ismail Aljazaeri
Ahmed. This has nothing to do with "unity" among Muslims. It has to do with the fact that the terrorists are shooting more than 4000 rockets on totally random targets. The whole non-Muslim world recognizes Israels right to defend itself. The only ones who do not are the racists who do not care about...
Abe
Obama is but a bit player on the big stage and has nothing to offer to bring the haters together to discuss truth and reconciliation. Since no one sees any hope, it is time to suspend all aid indefinitely and demand a unilateral cease fire and talks immediately. No surrogates either, bring Hamas an...
rob
Dear Elson,please first ask yourself that why Hamas launches missiles to the Israeli Territories? If your baby or children were killed by any armed forces, then what would you do?
vikialexeva
How can Arabs take Erdogan's condemnation of Israel seriously when trade between Turkey and Israel is larger than it was before the Mavi Marmara massacre, and close military and diplomatic ties continue between Tel Aviv and Ankara?
Erdogan in Cairo
What are you talking about Audrey Elson, those rockets you speak of are all homemade fireworks compared to what Israel are using to murder the Gaza population, It is Israel which broke the peace deal by assassinating the head figure in bringing peace to Gaza, Soon There will be a strong alliance aro...
turkic voice
..... And Mr Erdogan will pay for denying Kurdish children education in their mother tongue and bombing Kurds who want freedom and equality.
Baran
And the price is: one or two barrel of Gifeltah Fish
Esfandyar
More and more the destructive stand of Turkey is proved. The Turkish PM can spread his venom but the important role of Turkey in the Israeli Palestinian conflict as mediator was gone while new Egypt will emerge as the important country in The Middle East .The importance of Turkey today is her destru...
Ben Yacob
How pathetic. Does it mean that Turkey will be punished for the tears of the Kurds. Is it mr Erdogan's perogative who are terrorists and who are martyrs?I am not sure that President Obama is taking all his crap seriously.
Orly
Every honest person of any faith knows that when no rockets are fired at Israeli civilians into israel from gaza, there is no fighting. Erdogan's dishonesty borders on evil. If Turkey gets active in supporting Gaza militarily in an way Israel shoud support Kurds, Greek Cypriots etc. as retribution
bill
Gaza children are the worst affected from recent violence in Gaza. Just two days sixteen children lost their lives. Media is showing horrific pictures of killed and terrifying children. One eleven year old baby killed with her mother when missile hits her home. BBC own local bureau chief lost his...
KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ
Turkish Government also will pay price for killing Kurdish in Turkey and Qandil in Iraq. It is surprising that Ordogan talk about humanity while he is killing his citizens!
Ahmed
more hot air from erdogan
thobserver
This president still owes us an explanation how the Turkish Airforce killed 35 Kurdish civilians on Turkish soil. And yes, Turkey destroyed 3500 villages to fight the PKK. A wonderful example of how moderate Turkey treats its terrorist and its civil population!
erol
Hamas attacking Palestinian village: "One rocket landed near a Palestinian village in the West Bank, shattering windows and scaring residents." Yes, it is time for Hamas to stop this stupid behaviour. Next time they might hit a mosque somewhere in Israel and kill pious Muslims...
andy
Audrey, you got it backwards. The violence can stop when Israel stops killing Palestinian children in broad day light, for no reason! Ahmed Abu Daqqa (13) was killed in cold blood by israel, for the "crime" of playing football with his friends. That happened on Nov.8, BEFORE Hamas' attack on Israe...
Nour
30 Palestinian dead, peanuts if someone count the Kurds kill by Turkey.
Ben Yacob
As long As USA and UK will support the Land grabber Israel this war will never end because Israel want control on the region, now its time for the whole Islamic world and for peace loving countries to come forward against Israel terrorism and stop the killing of innocent people by hands of Israeli m...
Al-rasub
Visit to Gaza - points of interest Erdogan should ask his host, Hania, to take him to visit Hamas H.Q. under Shiffa Hospital. Making use of civilians as human shield is sickening!
Voice of Israel
Turkey time to donate billion of tank busters and missiles and fighter jet shooters to Hamas. Israel only attacks defenseless Gazans. If america donates to muslim killing waepons to Israel, time for Turkey to donate Israel killing weapons to Hamas
pinar
another one that think he can ruls the area!!!!! maybe you should stay in your home and dont be hipocrat, syria it seems to be your bigger problem
ahmed
Easy as that is it Audrey. Who is going to stop Israel building settlements in occupied land, what about the conditions of Gaza, is Israel willing to end the blockade. Stop fooling yourself, as long as Israel continue these actions, then the palestinians have very right to do what ever is necessar...
Alp
@Audrey - forget about the rockets, Israel lifting the blockade on Gaza and ceasing their selective inhumane policies towards their Arab neighbours would be a great start. Address the cause, not the reaction.
Burak
Forget the EU,dear PM Erdogan, we don't need governments that support terrorism! Morsi (from the Muslim Brotherhood) and Erdogan (AKP) support Hamas which is designated a terrorist organization by the US, Canada, the EU, Japan and a host of other democratic states. Neither Morsi nor Erdogan have eve...
erol
It is very very easy to stop the Gaza crisis. The only thing requiered is that Hamas stops launching rockets at random Israelii targets. It is not more difficult than that.
Audrey Elson
The Shia and Sunni conflict in the region encourages Isreali ambitions in the region and punishes the Palestinians this is due to the disunity of the muslims who continuiously kill one another.Talking is not going to resolve anything only unity can.
Ahmed
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