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

Submitted by Solo (Canada), Apr 1, 2013 at 10:13

Hard as I am trying I am missing Daniel Pipes point on this one. I guess it is because I do not believe the Israelis are collectively so thick not to have realized that Turkey ran the Gaza blockade to prove to the Arab world that Israel is not really a state with an inherent right to defend itself. It was a deliberate act of aggression, with Israel acting the way any sovereign should have.

There is nothing to apologize for. The blockade and the reasons for it were publicly declared. Turkey chose to run it. The ship was intercepted by the Israelis with the loss of nine lives. The ship was returned. There is nothing more to add or "test" in that story if one has a healthy sense of self and a sober view of the world.

It does not serve the interests of Israel to say that the mistaken apology was a "good thing" because it exposed Erdogan's Ottoman mentality. I would say it was a "bad thing" because it accomplishes nothing except legitimizing acts of hostility and aggression against Israel.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

The Israelis are not thick in the way you suggest. They are thick in not understanding that Erdoğan is an Islamist ideologue who cannot be swayed.

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