Turkey Not an ‘Honest Broker,’ Says Israeli Prime Minister

mp_main_wide_BenjaminNetanyahu452JERUSALEM (AP)–Turkey would not be an “honest broker” in any renewed peace talks with Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, adding that the Turkish prime minister was not a “fair mediator.”

Turkey mediated four rounds of indirect talks last year between Israel and Syria. Ties between Israel and Turkey have deteriorated since then, and Turkey’s prime minister has harshly attacked Israeli policies. The worsened ties between the two allies have clouded the Ankara government’s role as a regional mediator.

Netanyahu told his Cabinet Sunday that Israel was prepared to talk with Syria, preferably directly, according to a participant who spoke on condition of anonymity because of government regulations.

Netanyahu said that if talks take place through a mediator, then it should be “an honest broker,” according to the same participant. He quoted Netanyahu as saying that the Turkish premier was not a “fair mediator.”


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  1. Raffi said:

    So Netanyahu’s palate isn’t tantalized by turkish coffee anymore…what a surprise.

    The words “Turkey” and “honest broker” in the same sentence is just laughable.

  2. Koko said:

    …oh pray tell what could have brought this world shattering revelation to light for the Israeli leader???????????

  3. Dino Ajemian said:

    If Israel does not block turkish ambitions on being a regional superpower, turkey will destroy Israel in the long run. The only way for Israel to survive is for them to be instrumental in the expansion of an Independent Kurdistan in Syria, Iraq, Iran and turkey, recognize the Armenian Genocide, present the legal opinion throughout the world that the Treaty of Sevres is the only legally binding international law document between turkey and Armenia , and that restitution, reparations and restoration for the Armenians is the only way for survival of BOTH Israel and Armenia against the turkish onslaught that awaits us all in the 21st century. It’s in Israels best interest to significantly help Armenia and Kurdistan. Israel has to shake up the middle east if it wants to survive. The Jews should wake up and smell the coffee and call it Armenian and not turkish.

  4. Serop said:

    It’s time to pay up Mr. Netanyahu. Your country’s fine for aiding and abetting Armenian Genocide deniers is overdue.

  5. Samvel Jeshmaridian, PhD said:

    It has been a political infantilism on the side of Israel to trust in Turkey. I am happy to hear Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attitude that Turkey could not be an “honest broker” peace talks between Israel and Syria because Turkish prime minister considers Syria its foe, on the one hand, and predents he has kind muslim feelings toward Syria,on the other hand. Moreover, at the same time Turkey wants to use Israel’s reputation at international level to make its own self-concept bearable for the most of the world. Therefore, Turkish prime minister was not and could not be a “fair mediator.” I will be happier of the United States understood the simple fact that Turkey can never be a mediator in anything.
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  6. Tavit said:

    Recall a few months ago that Syria offered to mediate between Armenia and, I think, Turkey.  Syria’s offer was rather absurd then because it was known that Syria and Turkey were getting close.   So now we have Turkey continuing to  try to be a broker between Israel and Syria?  
    The whole mediation thing, in general, is a joke.  So is Syria, at this point.
    The Syrian – Turkish rapprochement seemed to begin over 10 years ago when Turkey threatened to invade Syria if it continued to harbor the PKK.  I think Syria was cowed then and I think it is cowed now. It was so cowed several years ago that it let the US kick it out of Lebanon.
    Syria is unreliable.

  7. Antranik said:

    Mr Netanyahu
    Armenians always knew this.Now that you have learned your lesson ,how about Israel doing the honourable thing and recognize the Armenian Genoside?

  8. Mher said:

    Never, ever, trust Turkey.  They are a state with two faces.  One worse then the other.

  9. Templar said:

    In June 1896,  Theodor Herzl met for the first time with the sultan of Turkey to put forward his proposal for a Jewish state in Palestine. However the Sultan refused to cede Palestine to Zionists, saying, “if one day the Islamic State falls apart then you can have Palestine for free, but as long as I am alive I would rather have my flesh be cut up than cut out Palestine from the Muslim land.”

  10. Frank said:

    We Armenians discovered that they were not honest.
    We discovered this a bit too late and it cost us a lot of lives.
    At least you now see what they really are

  11. John K. said:

    You can never trust the Turks because they never mean what they say and they never say what they mean.  Israelis should start listening to us (Armenians) and stop denying the Armenian Genocide to please Turkey.

  12. Gaidzag Shahbazian said:

    Mr. Netanyahu, before you take any step to work with Turkey, you should ask the Armenians, their experience with Turkey is enough to guide you in the future. For the benefits of Armenia and Israel, Israel has to recognize the Armenian Genocide, recognize the self determination of Nagorno-Karabagh, and help Armenia to get more financial aid from USA.