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Turkish Delight?

Flotilla backers, majority of activists hail from Turkey

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The Turkish and Palestinian flags wave at a protest.(Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

Lee Smith devoted today’s column to the Gaza flotilla’s Turkish connection, and the odd situation this puts the United States in. As further facts about the flotilla and its supporters come to light, this Turkish link seems all the stronger.

For the starters, there are the passengers. Of the 682 detainees, over half—380—were Turkish. Nearly half of the dead—4—were Turkish, too.

Then, as always, you must follow the money. I.H.H.—the group behind the flotilla—is funded, the New York Times reports, by many of the same wealthy, religious, Istanbul-based merchants that are credited with having brought Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist party to power.

Turkey has withdrawn its ambassador from Tel Aviv. For the record, it says it will normalize relations … when Israel lifts the Gaza blockade.

Bad Moon Rising [Tablet Magazine]
Israel Freeing Flotilla Detainees [Ynet]
Turkish Funds Helped Group Test Blockade [NYT]

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David Blair says:

This was a designed event by the the Turkish backers of Hamas they were given the option to put into an Israeli port and allow it to be inspected for weapons. The same offer was made by Egypt. Both government offered several times. The responsiblity for the deaths of the people on the boat lies directly with whoever made the decision to ignor the order to stop and have their cargo inspected. If you are going to pick a fight don’t cry about the bloody nose.

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Turkish Delight?

Flotilla backers, majority of activists hail from Turkey

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