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Reader comment on item: On Second Thought … Maybe that Israeli Apology to Turkey was a Good Idea

Submitted by myth (Germany), Mar 31, 2013 at 07:23

True conflicts cannot be resolved, they end with a winner and a loser. In order to achieve this one options is one party gives up on their objectives. The other option to end a conflict requires an authority as arbiter who is accepted by both parties. Erdogan points at Obama as the arbiter. However, Obama is absent from the billboards. The question is wether or not Obama's did pick Turkey as the winner.

I agree, this outcome is a "net plus" for Israel. With the conflict ended people the international audience will continue to remember the dispute's last event. The billboard defines this event.

It is the city of Ankara intrumentalizing the deaths of fellow citizens for political ends. At the time the Mavi Marmara incident happened this instrumentalization was but a disputatable interpretation. Now, it is a proven accusation. Now, it counts as a "net plus", for Israel has no part in this. Israel has nothing to do with the billboards. Ergogan's remarks are disconnected from recent Israeli action, disconnected from the apology.

The billboard highlights a characteristic and more general islamist procedure: buy "pride" with lives lost. Acting out this procedure requires a hundred apologies every year in Germany alone.

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