Israel Wants to Exact a Price From Turkey

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

From Israel National News

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has decided to adopt a series of reciprocal measures in response to Turkey’s latest anti-Israeli moves.

Senior Foreign Ministry officials convened Thursday to prepare for a meeting on Saturday with Lieberman dedicated to formulating a response to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent threats and his decision to downgrade Ankara’s diplomatic ties with Jerusalem.

Following Thursday’s meeting, officials said in their estimation Turkey is not, as it claims, interested in an Israeli apology and is instead exploiting the dispute with Jerusalem to increase Ankara’s stature in the Muslim world.

Lieberman, officials say, decided there was no point in seeking creative formulas for apologizing and chose, instead, to protect Israel’s dignity with a muscular response.

But whereas Turkish moves appear to telegraph a direct, potentially military confrontation, Leiberman’s moves are aimed at dealing a blow to Turkey’s international standing.

In that vein the Foreign Ministry has decided to proceed with the formulation of a diplomatic and security “toolbox” to be used against the Turks. The first move would be to issue a travel warning urging all Israeli military veterans to refrain from traveling to Turkey, even for connecting flights.

Another move would be cooperation with Turkey’s historic rivals, the Armenians. During Lieberman’s upcoming visit to the United States later this month he is expected to meet with leaders of the Armenian lobby and propose anti-Turkish cooperation in Congress.

The implication of this move could be Israeli recognition of, and assistance in promoting international recognition for, the Armenian genocide. A measure certain to incense Ankara who fears broad recognition would hurt its global stature. Israel may also choose to back Armenia in its dispute vis-à-vis Turkey over control of Mount Ararat.

Lieberman is also reportedly planning to set meetings with the heads of Kurdish rebel group PKK in Europe in order to “cooperate with them and boost them in every possible area.”

In these meetings, the Kurds are likely to ask Israel for military aid in the form of training and arms supplies, a move that would mean backing a foreign insurgency and constitute a major anti-Turkish position should it materialize.

However, violent clashes between Turkey and the Kurds are only one avenue of advancing the narrative Ankara is violating human rights. Another tactic vis-à-vis Erdogan is a diplomatic campaign where Israeli missions worldwide will be instructed to join the fight and report Turkish oppression of minorities.

The tough response formulated by Lieberman stems, among other things, from the foreign minister’s desire to make it clear to Erdogan that his anti-Israeli moves are not a “one-way street.”

Officials in Jerusalem also noted that Turkey’s international forecast at this time is not promising, adding that Ankara is embroiled in tensions with NATO and Greece, while Erdogan’s relations with Syria and Iran are also not favorable.

“We’ll exact a price from Erdogan that will prove to him that messing with Israel doesn’t pay off,” Lieberman said. “Turkey must treat us with respect and common decency.”


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  1. Edward Demian said:

    God, I hope so. I have not been comfortable with hating Israel as of late considering the history between us. I was really conflicted. I expected mutual sympathy and empathy but receiving just the oposite. To criticize Israel, no matter how cautious, always made me feel like an anti-semite, yet I knew myself to just the oposite. An Armenian/ Israeli union against the tirants of the world feels far mor natural. I think that the Jews feel likewise, just as conflicted about it.

  2. Mark said:

    Of course, one must be cautious. Israel should not be trusted. I do want to note that Israel, however, is one of those few countries to stand up to the ever-threatening Turks and their crazy leader, Erdogan. How many other countries do this? Most countries back down. Even the stupid U.S.A.

  3. Arman said:

    Wake up and realize Turkey has never genuinely wanted to be a true friend of Israel! They have only benefitted from this outwardly “friendship” with Israel by securing Israeli denial of the Armenian Genocide, and leached Israeli economic, political and military ties. Turks have never intended to be a “friend in need”!! Turks can’t be anyone’s true friend because Turks love only their own detestable Altaic Mongoloid race. They ruled the indigenous nations of the Balkans and the Near East and when they had no more use for them, they liquidated them. Turks are an invasive species! They did a “hostile takeover” of the entire Anatolian Peninsula and called it “Turkey”. The very notion is laughable! Anatolia has been a cradle of civilizations for thousands of years and now it’s simply called “Turkey”!! They kidnapped native children in the Janissary custom and made them Turks. They adopted local foods, customs, arts and song. They Turkified indigenous place names, they turned churches into mosques. Turks are parasites.

  4. Tsayt said:

    Israel can go and intercourse itself. Armenia should exact a high price from Israel for past Israeli assistance to criminal Ankara

  5. Ara K said:

    to all who are reading this article, please don’t believe what you read , Israel and turkey are the same,
    they will kiss ass once they get what they want , we should not give in to Israel or any other Country that goes to the Kurds too , they dry you out once turkey tighten there relationship .

  6. Jack said:

    That man looks so sleazy.

    Why aren’t we Armenians getting tired of Israel’s games? They are treating the Armenian Genocide as a game piece whenever they have a problem with Turkey.

    Why doesn’t Yerevan object to this? Why do we praise them when Israel’s PR machine “threatens” to move to genocide recognition. This is absolute, utter OFFENSE to Armenians and the memory of 1.5 million souls. Can’t you see that???

    These people support Azerbaijan. They arm them. They want unrest in the Caucasus. Who caused the Georgian conflict? These people want all Christians out of Palestine, their plan has been in progress for decades. These people do not genuinely care about the genocide or Armenians. They have rabbis who believe Armenians are the ancient arch enemy of Jews. Etc. Etc.

    Open your eyes….

  7. gary S. said:

    Hey Turks,
    Tired of the Isrealis blackmailing you about the genocide each time they don’t get their way in foreign policy matters? Recognize it and you won’t have to worry anymore about the blackmails.

  8. Hrant K. said:

    turkey has to apologize to the Israelis for entering their territorial waters without permission.
    turkey has to apologize to the Cypriots for invading Northern Cyprus illegally in 1974
    turkey has to apologize to the Pontic Greeks for committing Genocide and invading their lands
    turkey has to apologize to the Assyrians for committing Genocide against them
    turkey has to apologize to the Syrians for intervening in their Internal Affairs
    turkey has to apologize to the Syriacs for committing Genocide against them
    turkey has to apologize to the Kurdish Nation for bombarding innocent civilians and emptying 4000
    Kurdish villages in the last 38 years in Kurdistan
    turkey and their denialist leadership have to apologize to their own intellectuals, journalists and activists
    especially to Orhan Pamuk, who are bravely seeking truth and fighting history-misrepresentation policies and lies and brainwashing turkish generations for misguiding them
    turkey has not only to apologize to the Armenian Nation but bow to us and return all our Homeland,
    restitute our dignity and recognize the unprecedented Crime Against Humanity / The ARMENIAN
    GENOCIDE, since their own subjects, Nobel Laureats have done, and were punished for that!!!
    turkey must give answers to Iran for allowing Early Warning Radars to be deployed on Occupied Armenian Soil, and Iran shoul stop providing Gas or Oil to turkey !!!
    And Erdogan should shut the f… up!!! (7)

  9. HebardHigh said:

    Please don’t trust Israel. For years they were stanch ally of Turkey. They always sold military hardware to Turkey, and the last few years to Azerbaijan. When Israeli military hardware dealers were in Baku, they issued many pro Azerbaijan and anti Armenia proclamations. They never have been our friends.