Video: New Israel-hater-in-chief lands in Egypt to cheers

posted at 5:31 pm on September 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

We’ve been preoccupied with the economy and the primaries but I want to put this on the radar screen, partly as a gloss on that clusterfark at the Israeli embassy last week and partly as background before the Palestinians push for statehood at the UN later this month. Remember that the Arab Spring started in Tunisia when a guy forced by poverty to sell fruit for a living got hassled by the local cops and had his scales confiscated. When they wouldn’t give them back, he snapped and set himself on fire. That incident, defined by economic desperation and abuses of official power, was supposed to be a microcosm of young Arabs’ true frustrations with their governments. This time, the theory went, they wouldn’t be distracted by anti-Israel demagoguery or caterwauling about the Palestinians. They wanted jobs and the vote and everything else was gravy. The scales had fallen from their eyes.

Fast-forward nine months and here’s the Islamist prime minister of Turkey arriving in Cairo to a hero’s welcome from the Muslim Brotherhood to start an Israel-bashing tour of the three nations in the region undergoing revolution. Not only is it the first visit by a Turkish PM to Egypt in ages, it comes at a moment when the Israeli ambassadors to both countries have been ousted: One fled Cairo after the embassy attack and the other was expelled by Turkey when Israel refused to apologize for enforcing its embargo of Gaza against the Turkish “aid” flotilla. Erdogan’s betting that the quickest path to expanding Turkish power in the “new” Middle East isn’t championing employment or democracy (a message which Turkey is almost uniquely suited among Muslim countries to push), it’s saber-rattling against the Zionists. Of course. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Cairo Monday, amid expectations he will blast Israel at a meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers on Tuesday as part of his efforts to be seen as the head of the Muslim world

In an interview with the Egyptian daily Al-Shorouk, Erdogan – on the first visit to Egypt by a Turkish prime minister in 15 years — again used the term “spoiled child” to describe Israel, a term he and other top Turkish officials have used repeatedly in recent weeks when talking of Israel.

“Israel has become a spoiled child… Not only does it practice state terrorism against the Palestinians, but it also started to act irresponsibly,” he was quoted as saying…

“The May 31, 2010 Mavi Marmara event, the attack that took place in international waters did not comply with any international law. In fact, it was a cause for war. However, befitting Turkey’s grandness, we decided to act with patience,” Erdoğan said [a few days ago].

His interpretation is completely at odds with that of the UN Palmer Commission report, a commission that the Turks pushed hard for, which said that not only was Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza legal, but so was its interdiction of ships trying to break the blockade.

Not only will Turkey campaign for Palestinian statehood at the UN, Erdogan vowed that the Turkish navy is prepared “for every scenario” when they escort the next “relief mission” to Gaza, thus raising the slim yet surreal possibility of a military confrontation between Israel and a NATO member. And the more influence Erdogan builds for Turkey and its neo-Ottoman ambitions by demagoging Israel, the greater the pressure on other regimes is to keep pace by following suit. Here’s Turki al-Faisal, a top Saudi royal and former ambassador to the United States, warning the White House yesterday that if we veto the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN — which is all but assured — then the U.S./Saudi “alliance” will become even more troublesome than it already is:

Saudi Arabia would no longer be able to cooperate with America in the same way it historically has. With most of the Arab world in upheaval, the “special relationship” between Saudi Arabia and the United States would increasingly be seen as toxic by the vast majority of Arabs and Muslims, who demand justice for the Palestinian people.

Saudi leaders would be forced by domestic and regional pressures to adopt a far more independent and assertive foreign policy. Like our recent military support for Bahrain’s monarchy, which America opposed, Saudi Arabia would pursue other policies at odds with those of the United States, including opposing the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Iraq and refusing to open an embassy there despite American pressure to do so. The Saudi government might part ways with Washington in Afghanistan and Yemen as well.

Translation: “Don’t expect as much help on counterterrorism or peace talks with the Taliban.” It speaks volumes that the Saudi royals, who tried to buy off their own potential revolutionaries with new welfare benefits worth billions back in February, are now mimicking Erdogan by championing Palestinian statehood as the newest revolutionary pacifier. And yet, the irony of all this is that Israel may not be the biggest loser. The big loser might be — ta da — Iran, which was itself hoping to fill the power vacuum in the region after the Arab Spring and is now being outmaneuvered by Turkey. Which is a Sunni revolutionary power more likely to cotton to — the nuclear Shiite menace in Tehran or a fellow Sunni power in Turkey that’s proving its anti-Israel bona fides by beating on the Zionist state? No wonder Israel’s being cautious in handling Turkey: Given all the horrible scenarios that the post-revolutionary Middle East might produce, Turkey as a hedge against Iran might be the least bad. Cold comfort. Click the image to watch.

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Arab Spring in full retreat, by no other than Richard Cohen.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk cries from his grave.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Gentlemen , start your ICBMs.

the_nile on September 13, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Somewhere in the White House there is a phone under a pillow that has been ringing since 2010

chimney sweep on September 13, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Obama will support the UN resolution, his pretensions to the contrary.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2011 at 5:38 PM

What a mess! I wish I could figure out what our administration is doing but I’m not sure they know themselves.

Cindy Munford on September 13, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Obama will support the UN resolution, his pretensions to the contrary.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2011 at 5:38 PM

I really, really hope you’re wrong, but….

ProfessorMiao on September 13, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I think now would be a good time to become energy independent…

Seven Percent Solution on September 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Obama will support the UN resolution

So, will that be a fulfillment of this passage?

“On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.”
Zechariah 12:3

oldleprechaun on September 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I wish I felt qualified (knowledgeable) enough to make this a good thread but I don’t. I just have this sad sinking feeling for Israel and wonder how they can live surrounded by hate every day of their lives.

Cindy Munford on September 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I said Khalifa on a thread yesterday

This reinforces my belief

blatantblue on September 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Obama will support the UN resolution, his pretensions to the contrary.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Not sure. Susan Rice already said it was not a good idea. That being said, if they do vote for it, America will cease to be the way it is, and will fall

ConservativePartyNow on September 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

The May 31, 2010 Mavi Marmara event, the attack that took place in international waters did not comply with any international law. In fact, it was a cause for war.

Well, you can’t argue with that.

However, befitting Turkey’s grandness, we decided to act with patience.

Oh, he meant it was the Israeli defense that was a cause for war! Well that you can argue with. But I think any argument that starts by evoking the grandness of a country that can’t keep itself from going off the rails without a coup every decade or two is doomed to failure.

calbear on September 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Not sure. Susan Rice already said it was not a good idea. That being said, if they do vote for it, America will cease to be the way it is, and will fall

ConservativePartyNow on September 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

America won’t do crap. Obama, on the other hand, may as well pack up and go home.

Democrats are about to lose Anthony Weiner’s seat in large part because Jewish residents are pissed about Obama’s less-than-enthusiastic support of Israel.

Can you imagine the electoral clusterfark if he approves a Palestinian state? So long Florida. So long House seats. And likely so long presidency.

amerpundit on September 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Man. Matches. Gasoline. All the stupidy rolled up into one package.

Limerick on September 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

That`s it, this Thanksgiving….. I`m having ham and NOT turkey!

ThePrez on September 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

thus raising the slim yet surreal possibility of a military confrontation between Israel and a NATO member.

Not sure NATO would be much of a threat to Israel after watching them in action in Libya. What do they have left in their ordnance inventory? A couple of bombs and a few missles?

a capella on September 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

In the Middle East, this is what populism looks like. The extremist thugs (and those that like the rush of directing attacks by extremist thugs) rise to the top, because nobody has the balls to challenge them.

RBMN on September 13, 2011 at 6:01 PM

I wonder if these Muslims ever bother to think that if Israel vanishes, they`ll still live in sh*thole countries run by sh*thead autocrats.

ThePrez on September 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Now is our winter of their discontent made glorious Spring by this son of Allah.

MJBrutus on September 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Can you imagine the electoral clusterfark if he approves a Palestinian state? So long Florida. So long House seats. And likely so long presidency.

amerpundit on September 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I still have a problem differentiating the Orthodox Jews and secular Jews in terms of voting power. From what I’ve seen, the secular ones don’t care much about Israel, or were wearing blinders in the last election.

a capella on September 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

The extremist thugs (and those that like the rush of directing attacks by extremist thugs) rise to the top, because nobody has the balls to challenge them they will be killed in the street.

RBMN on September 13, 2011 at 6:01 PM

FIFY

honsy on September 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

NATO, overfly in agression…on David??? Not in this life. No way, no how. The only balls there are ‘UN’ strongly worded letter ones.

Limerick on September 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

a capella on September 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I don’t see American Jews caring much either.

Cindy Munford on September 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

thus raising the slim yet surreal possibility of a military confrontation between Israel and a NATO member.

remember Obama’s nuclear proliferation treaty position : Israel should sign.

In joining the treaty, which permits only China, France, Russia , the United Kingdom and the United States to hold nuclear weapons, Israel would have to dispose of its estimated stockpile of 80 to 200 warheads.

It looks like Obama is maneuvering to isolate Israel on terroritorial boundaries, and nuclear weapons.

Skandia Recluse on September 13, 2011 at 6:09 PM

“Turkey’s grandness”???????

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Obama: I will stand with my Muslim brothers.

capejasmine on September 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM

The Ottoman Empire yearns to breathe despotically again.

Jdripper on September 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Here’s Turki al-Faisal, a top Saudi royal and former ambassador to the United States, warning the White House yesterday that if we veto the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN — which is all but assured — then the U.S./Saudi “alliance” will become even more troublesome than it already is

Right. And that SOB had the nerve to have his tripe printed in the NYT on September 11, which I’m sure wasn’t an accident. Short version: “Do as we say, or Saudi Arabia will attack you again”.

Hope Saudi likes facing the Iranians alone…

Realist on September 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Sorry for Israel. That said, there’s nothing we can do about this.

NorthernCross on September 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Maybe….Maybe… Turkey man is the leader of the North that the bi……oh nevermind that book is just history book.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Skandia Recluse on September 13, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Wow!!! If that doesn’t wake people up, nothing will. Obama is literally going to argue that Israel give up their nukes. Meanwhile, lunatics from Iran, and Pakistan lie in wait. Not to mention millions of Muslims, chomping at the bit, to destroy Israel, and all it’s people. And Obama wants to leave them defenseless.

Are you getting this America????

Hope Saudi likes facing the Iranians alone…

Realist on September 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Dollars to donuts, Obama will comply, and even stand with his Muslim brothers in times of need.

capejasmine on September 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Yes, plenty of American Jews are pissed off…:

The Emergency Committee for Israel has been ramping up its criticism of the Obama administration, launching ad campaigns in the run-up to today’s NY-9 election and the Palestinian unilateral statehood declaration at the UN.

The group’s latest billboard ads, which went up today, feature a giant photo of President Obama and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas sharing a jovial handshake in front of a Palestinian flag. “Attacking Israel at the United Nations: Not Pro-Israel,” blares one of the billboards.

moonbatattack on September 13, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Realist on September 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

The power balances in the Middle East are being rewritten as we watch. Don’t count on the saudis facing off the Iranians. Since we’re so helpless, they will make deals with whoever can back it up — as they must. Oh, and Sunni or Shi’ite, they have more in common with each other than with the West. Personally, I think it was a mistake to prop up the Saudis for so long. Now we have to pretend that they’re allies, when they’re actually a theocratic thugocracy worse than Iran.

Fortunata on September 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Personally, I think it was a mistake to prop up the Saudis for so long.

In 1947, newly independent India and Pakistan had massive population transfers – Muslims moved east and Hindus moved west.

It’s time to move the Palis to Saudi Arabia and take all the Jews from S. A. to Israel.

(Oh? There are no Jews in S. A., you say? Color me shocked!)

honsy on September 13, 2011 at 6:41 PM

I would argue “the big loser might be” the Greatest Generation for all they materially got out of WWII was Israel. Sure they could stay in the military and get stationed around the world and/or have their taxes go to the Marshall Plan, et al, rebuild Europe only to be met with taunts of “ugly American” and militant anti-American elites, pay $13 more a barrel in oil to cover the cost of our navy keeping the seas clear for world commerce, etc. But as they say, there are no atheists in a foxhole (or the water off Normandy).

How could we not continue to honor their sacrifice by allowing Christians, Jews, and others – who fought, their descendents, and all free peoples – to walk safely among Jesus’ footsteps?

FeFe on September 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Dollars to donuts, Obama will comply, and even stand with his Muslim brothers in times of need.

capejasmine on September 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Question: Is he Shia or Sunni?

Oil Can on September 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I fear that in the next ten years, of Hussein Obama is reelected, we will see the obliteration of Israel and the invasion of Taiwan by China.

Dhuka on September 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I think now would be a good time to become energy independent…
Seven Percent Solution on September 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

But Obama does not share your concern for the future of our once-great nation.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 13, 2011 at 6:57 PM

I wonder if these Muslims ever bother to think that if Israel vanishes, they`ll still live in sh*thole countries run by sh*thead autocrats.

ThePrez on September 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

If Israel vanishes perhaps we should just nuke out the entire middle east?

GaltBlvnAtty on September 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Uh huh…Glenn Beck is just a crazy, over-the-top fear monger.

4Freedom on September 13, 2011 at 7:02 PM

ho AP.

nasser wasn’t in NATO.

turkey shouldn’t be.

reliapundit on September 13, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Dhuka on September 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

And this country will be a mere shell of it’s former self.

Question: Is he Shia or Sunni?

Oil Can on September 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Does it matter?

capejasmine on September 13, 2011 at 7:12 PM

on the palestinian nation vote:

barack hussein obama soetoro will abstain, not veto.

- like voting PRESENT -

thinking he can have his cake and eat it too.

giving the enemy a state. but feeling like he can hold on to enough secularized jews to win in 2012.

reliapundit on September 13, 2011 at 7:14 PM

I’m 100% for Palestinian statehood. You can put diplomatic pressure on a state for its crimes. You can go to war with a state.

Hannibal Smith on September 13, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Heave Turkey from NATO and offer their place to Israel.

Let the Shiite Iran and Sunni Turkey confront one another in the mideast through their proxies, they hate one another anyway.

Bishop on September 13, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I wish I felt qualified (knowledgeable) enough to make this a good thread but I don’t. I just have this sad sinking feeling for Israel and wonder how they can live surrounded by hate every day of their lives.
Cindy Munford on September 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Don’t worry about Israel in the sense that they will be destroyed, they won’t be and you have God’s word on it.

CCRWM on September 13, 2011 at 8:01 PM

UN vote?……… US will abstain, or publicly veto /vote no but go along behind the scenes.

He hearts the oppressed Palistinians and loathed the Brits and all their colonies (Balfour declaration anyone).

Israel would be the one nation the whole UN thugs would actually try to use real force on.

History shows us repeatedly that God is not unbiased in his feelings towards Israel.

I’m proudly a Lover of the Jewish people.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

he will blast Israel at a meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers

That all important ARab League seems to be onside. Who can stop him now?

Saudi leaders would be forced by domestic and regional pressures to adopt a far more independent and assertive foreign policy.

Prince Towelhead seems to think Bush is still in office.

BL@KBIRD on September 13, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Don’t worry about Israel in the sense that they will be destroyed, they won’t be and you have God’s word on it.

CCRWM on September 13, 2011 at 8:01 PM

He never told us it wouldn’t hurt like hell. In fact it would only be “a miracle” is the survival was hard or impossible. So yes, worry and fight for Israel. It might be through that, the salvation is allowed.

Does Auschwitz ring any bells?

Irritable Pundit on September 13, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Don’t worry about Israel in the sense that they will be destroyed, they won’t be and you have God’s word on it.

CCRWM on September 13, 2011 at 8:01 PM

He never told us it wouldn’t hurt like hell. In fact it would only be “a miracle” is the survival was hard or impossible. So yes, worry and fight for Israel. It might be through that, the salvation is allowed.

Does Auschwitz ring any bells?

Irritable Pundit on September 13, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I didn’t say they would not suffer, I said they would not be destroyed and they won’t.

Jesus told us that we would suffer as His followers… so suffering is always part of the equation and much more for Israel which hasn’t come to Him…yet.

Could there be any worse time for Obama to be POTUS or are the times worse because he is POTUS?

CCRWM on September 13, 2011 at 9:08 PM

The May 31, 2010 Mavi Marmara event, the attack that took place in international waters did not comply with any international law. In fact, it was a cause for war.

Well, you can’t argue with that.

calbear on September 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Yeah, you can. A legal blockade requires that no ship be permitted into the blockaded zone. Ergo, if a ship refuses to stop or change its course as was the case with the Mavi Marmara, to maintain the integrity of the blockade it has to be stopped while it is still in international waters. Read the Palmer report.

ProfessorMiao on September 13, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Islam is kind of syphillis spirochette for the soul.

It hollows out the spirit and fills it with venom.

Or, as Mohammad said: “Sneezing, yawning in prayer, drowsing, menstruation, vomiting and nosebleeding are from Satan.” {Tirmidhi Hadith #315.}

profitsbeard on September 13, 2011 at 10:58 PM

As a political Zionist rather than a religious one I fervently hope that Israel deals w/ any country that effs with it by nuking said country back to the stone age.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 14, 2011 at 2:49 AM

I think now would be a good time to become energy independent…

Seven Percent Solution on September 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Bush had us on that path, we dropped below 50% imported oil for a while… but Obama cancelled new oil leases all over the country as soon as he was sworn into office.

scotash on September 14, 2011 at 5:22 AM

Erdogan will Turkey to destruction. And the day is not too far off.

zoyclem on September 14, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Obama will support the UN resolution, his pretensions to the contrary.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Not sure. Susan Rice already said it was not a good idea. That being said, if they do vote for it, America will cease to be the way it is, and will fall

ConservativePartyNow on September 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM

My hunch is Obama will do his routine ‘best’ and jeopardize Israel while betraying U.S. interests and support the UN resolution while making it look like he doesn’t. I wouldn’t trust his UN rep., Ms. Rice, any farther than I could throw her and that isn’t very far.

Maybe it’s Hillary’s time to go under the bus. If she’s not there already.

I have no confidence in Obama to do what is right on the side of ethics, our nation’s and Israel’s future. He’s going to play along with the Nation of Islam no matter what and he’ll (continue) to do so by his routine backdoor methods.

Lourdes on September 14, 2011 at 8:23 AM

I think now would be a good time to become energy independent…

Seven Percent Solution on September 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Bush had us on that path, we dropped below 50% imported oil for a while… but Obama cancelled new oil leases all over the country as soon as he was sworn into office.

scotash on September 14, 2011 at 5:22 AM

How anyone could even try to deny at this point that Obama has the U.S.’s best interests in mind and plans is beyond me because quite clearly he does not. His loyalties lie with Arabia, more specifically, with Islam.

Lourdes on September 14, 2011 at 8:27 AM

I fear that in the next ten years, of Hussein Obama is reelected, we will see the obliteration of Israel and the invasion of Taiwan by China.

Dhuka on September 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Meanwhile (other hand), Obama’s busy asking Americans to rat out anyone who isn’t busy re-electing Obama.

Lourdes on September 14, 2011 at 8:30 AM

“One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.”
It’s the revived Islamic/Ottoman empire not the Roman Empire.

iceman1960 on September 14, 2011 at 8:44 AM

They pledge allegiance to the beast with the mark on their forehead and right hand

iceman1960 on September 14, 2011 at 9:03 AM

EU Politicians Slam Turkey’s Anti-Israel Course
Turkey’s prime minister is keen to position himself as a leader in
efforts to rebuild the Arab world. At the same time, Recep Tayyip
Erdogan has grown aggressive in his verbal attacks on Israel. European
Union politicians are now criticizing the Turkish leader, calling for a
more moderate tone.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,786204,00.html#ref=nlint

albill on September 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM