September 2nd, 2011
06:23 AM ET

Turkey downgrading ties with Israel

Turkey is downgrading its military and diplomatic relations with its one-time close ally Israel amid longstanding tensions over the deadly Israeli raid on a flotilla headed to Gaza last year.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Friday that his government has suspended its military agreements and lowered its diplomatic relationship with the Jewish state.

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  1. Josh

    Jews are the cause for the current world economic crisis.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Peikovian

      Joos also make that pilgrimmage to see that meteorite. Fools.

      September 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    There are nations out there who have national pride & stand behind their own. Turkey has done the right thing.

    That brutal terror attack on the Flotilla in international waters by Israeli commandos & murder of 9 Turkish & an American was unacceptable. But unlike us who turned their faces away from the murder of one of our own Turkey shows those far-far right thugs in Tel Aviv that they won't be able to get away with murder.

    Problem is that the Zionist apartheid regime there is assured that we Americans would always toe their line, no matter what.
    " 9/11 has been very good for Israel". " We are benefitting from attacks on Twin Tower & Pentagon and America struggling in Iraq". Netanyahu in a speech to Bar Ilan University , April, 2008.

    " America is a thing that can be moved easily. In any direction. Move them and they won't stand in the way" Netanyahu, in a video released in 2001.
    well, we once used to be a nation who would kick ...... of any one who dared to demean us or gloat over a disaster like 9/11.

    September 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Anomic Office Drone

    I hate that Israel is constantly referred to as "the Jewish state". It makes it easier to call Israel's critics antisemitic even when their complaints have nothing to do with the fact that Israelis are Jewish.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Cult of Personality

    I think Israel needs to cook the Turkey a little longer...Maybe they just need to set the oven a little higher to, let's say, 450°. And if that don't work, then maybe we change the name of Turkey to Chicken...ROFLMAO...

    September 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Emre

      How clever joke it is!! Good to see that primary school kiddos hang out here and make comments to waay serious issues that should be concern of mature adults!!!

      September 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    If Turkey does not want their citizens killed, they should try to keep them off of Hamas sponsored boats. If they do find themselves on such boats, they should not be attacking soldiers who are simply trying to enforce a blockade.

    Play with fire, get burned.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Emre

      It cuts both ways. Israel should have known this beforehand.

      September 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @ Bimbo

    Ignorance must be a bliss for the likes of you. There were very brave and peace loving Americans on that flotilla.
    And 59 Americans including an 89 year old author who is a Holocaust survivor, are on the current flotilla waiting for an opportunity against Israeli threats to head to Gaza.
    Yes there still are Americans around, God bless them, who like to stand on the side of truth, peace & justice. We are not all war mongers or propaganda bitten.
    This Hamas

    September 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Peikovian

      Was Leon Klinghoffer on the boat? He also gave his life in testimony to the peace-loving Palestinian cause.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    This fear invoking 'Hamas' theme has been overused by propagandists.

    September 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Peikovian

      Fatah seems to complain about them ever since the civil war in Gaza.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. joseph

    The pro-Israel lobbyist started playing the same tape. "Turkey floating away from west and turning into an islamic state". No! I don't buy that anymore! I don't support US involvement in ME for Israel's security concerns. I don't support financial aid to israel. We have more important things to worry about. We have health care problem, we have illegal immigration problem, we have cops on power trip, we have serious human rights problem in the states! God! Enough of Israel already! America is my country not israel's!

    September 3, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Peikovian

      Let's suppose that other countries in the ME are not republics and they exist to fund Jihad on looted oil properties built by the Brits and Americans. Leaving the Israelis to face these dictators alone really sums up your feelings towards the Israelis regardless of the situation.

      September 4, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dr Musa M Gaiya

    Turkey like any sovereign Nation is free to break ties with Israel but that will be at their loss. Israel has the right to defend itself and secure its citizens.

    September 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • George Patton

      And the Kurds have a right to set up their own home state but neither the Turks nor the Iraqis( who are still, for all intents and purposes under U.S. rule) will allow them to do so and that's just plain wrong!!!

      September 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peikovian

      22 million Kurds the largest ethnic group in the region without national sovereignty. Ruled by Turks, Arabs and Iranians.

      September 4, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
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