Haaretz Article Urges Turkey to Acknowledge Genocide

In response to Turkey’s continued calls on Israel to apologize for last year’s flotilla incident, Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, in a piece posted on the leading Israeli newspaper Haaretz Web site on Friday, says that Turkey should acknowledge the Armenian Genocide.

“Turkey continues to practice state-sanctioned genocide denial and prosecutes those who dare challenge it. Isn’t it time, 90-something years after the Ottoman Empire eliminated as many as 1.5 million Armenians that Mr. Erdogan’s ‘mildly Islamist’ party, as The Economist leniently defines it, acknowledges Turkey’s dark past and apologizes on behalf of its country’s crimes?” asks Ottolenghi.

“Not to belabor the point, but the list of things Turkey should apologize for is long. It continues to illegally occupy Northern Cyprus, the territory of a European Union member, after having conquered the land through an act of aggression that ended in ethnic cleansing and illegal settlements. No apology there so far – in fact, Turkey has just threatened to freeze ties with the EU if Cyprus receives the Union’s rotating presidency next year, as it is supposed to. Meanwhile, Mr. Erdogan is directing his gunboat diplomacy threats at Cyprus as well – as if occupation, ethnic cleansing and the creation of a fictitiously independent republic in the northern part of the island were not enough,” adds Ottolenghi.

“Moral of the story: If you behave like a bull, you should not live in a china shop. And if you live in a glass house, think twice before you throw stones at your neighbors. Mr. Erdogan wants an apology? How about starting with one?” concludes the author.

Read the entire Haaretz article here.


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  1. Kirk said:

    Very nice article,but there are some elements missing.
    It should say:
    “Turkey and Israel continue to practice state-mandated genocide denial.Isn’t it time, 90-something years after the Ottoman Empire eliminated as many as 1.5 million Armenians and 65-something years after Jewish people suffered during the Holocaust that Mr. Erdogan’s ‘mildly Islamist’ party, as The Economist leniently defines it, and Mr Netanyahu’s Likud party acknowledge Turkey’s dark past and Mr Erdogan apologizes on behalf of its country’s crimes and Mr Netanyahu apologizes on behalf of its country’s denial?” should ask Ottolenghi.
    “Moral of the story” I leave to rest of the readers.

  2. hagop meldonian said:

    haaretz article urges turkey to acknowledge the armenian genocide I hope the time is near for the israeli goverment to do the same

  3. Camel Anaturk said:

    Haarets could have urged Israeli and US gov`t to say the G word first.Cold turkey`s armenian and kurdish problems are exploited by the israelis as a scarecrow aimed at turkey.Armenians and kurds dont need such vulgar materialist human rights lovers.The article however is excellent,and should be reprinted in all armenian media -there has not been a similar well balanced article from any armenian source.

  4. Shahe said:

    Dear Sir,
    Too late. A Slow learner takes time to learn the alphabet. Yours is deplorably slow not to say unethically orchestrated for the Middle East and the Caucasus under the present dynamic political manipulations. One true statement does not inspire credibility after 100 years of mutism. Time is well chosen to fish in murky waters.

  5. Ron said:

    I am glad to see that our jewish friends are finally realizing that helping with Turkey’s genocide denial has only emboldened Turkey. Israel now knows what Armenia and many other nations in the area have known for a long time that Turkey cannot be trusted. Turkey is an illegitimate state. No matter how long it takes, one day turks will have to answer for the horrible genocide that they committed – justice will be done.

  6. Vrej said:

    They [the Turks] were, upon the whole, from the black day when they first entered Europe, the one great anti-human specimen of humanity. Wherever they went, a broad line of blood marked the track behind them, and, as far as their dominion reached, civilization disappeared from view. They represented everywhere government by force, as opposed to government by law. ”
    —William Gladstone, 1876

  7. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    I can never understand human brains,
    Who defined ‘Genocide’ was a Jew and lawyer, Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959)
    Who wrote the best book on Armenian Genocide
    Was Jew as well, Henry Morgenthau,Sr (1856-1946)*
    Who saw the slaying by his eyes…
    Not by recent man from Israel…
    Why their politician act in a cunning way
    And cuddle the criminals.
    One day they will bite them
    And that day has arrived…
    *He famously admonished the country’s Interior Minister Talaat Pasha, stating that, “Our people will never forget these massacres.” As the massacres continued unabated, Morgenthau and several other Americans decided to form a public fund raising committee that would assist the Armenians, the Committee on Armenian Atrocities (later renamed the Near East Relief), raising over $100 million in aid. Exasperated with his relationship with the Ottoman government, he resigned from the ambassadorship in 1916. Looking back on that decision in his The Murder of a Nation, he had come to see Turkey as a place of horror. “I had reached the end of my resources. I found intolerable my further daily association with men, however gracious and accommodating . . . who were still reeking with the blood of nearly a million human beings.”
    His conversations with Ottoman leaders and his account of the Armenian Genocide was later published in 1918 under the title Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story.


  8. Grish Begian said:

    Dear Sylva,
    Perhaps those Israeli leaders are not Jews, but they call themselves Jews, they are not part of ordinary Jewish population….they are living in a different world, they may even forsake Jewish Holocaust if it is not profitable for their own personal pocket, just like Mr. Fox of ADL or attorney Mr. B. Fein!!