Gen. Avi Mizrahi, the head of the Israel Defense Forces’ Ground Forces "issued a tongue-lashing to Turkey’s prime minister to remind the country of past atrocities" in an international meeting. PM Erdoğan was targeted but the way he was targeted involved the Turkish army. In both Armenian question and Kurdish questions, Turkish army feels more involved with the traditional and still official Turkish state discourses. Thus, Gen. Mizrahi angered Chief of Staff more than PM himself, probably. This is not good for Israel because it seems that major relations between Israel and Turkey take place in the field of military relations and now Israel risks these relations. Despite AKP’s distance from Israel, this so far had not extended to a break in military relations – as the staunchly secular Turkish Army plays her own game- but this might change from now on… We will see…
By Haaretz Editorial
Two outrageous new developments have worsened the already tense relations between Israel and Turkey. Gen. Avi Mizrahi, the head of the Israel Defense Forces’ Ground Forces issued a tongue-lashing to Turkey’s prime minister to remind the country of past atrocities. It goes without saying that as an army man, Gen. Mizrahi is not tasked with formulating Israel’s foreign policy, nor does he appraise other countries. But even more grievous is the liberty he took to denounce and preach morality to a strategic ally, causing a stir in relations between Israel and Turkey."
By Fatih Cekirge
Who is the person Prime Minister Erdogan accused in Davos saying "You guys know better to kill"?
Israeli Ground Forces entered Gaza … The head of these forces was General Ai Mirzahi…
* By Taha Akyol
Israel Land Forces Commander Major General Avi Mizrahi really vomited "delirium".
ANKARA – Controversial remarks made by a top Israeli general spark more friction between Turkey and Israel. The incident, in which the general told Erdoğan to look in the mirror, is the first fallout from Davos
ISTANBUL – An Israeli daily wrote on Saturday that making a major diplomatic issue over an Israeli general’s quotes from a newspaper was an attempt to create friction between the two countries’ military establishments, which have very close ties.
A recent statement by a commander in the Israeli army in response to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s walkout from Davos last month after a confrontation with Israeli President Shimon Peres over the Gaza tragedy seems to have further strained relations between Turkey and Israel.
Straits Times (Singapore), 13/02/2009
William Choong, Senior Writer
Israel’s recent attacks on the Gaza Strip have already provoked much criticism from around the world. But it hit hardest when Turkey – a longtime friend and ally – levelled criticism at the country’s president during a World Economic Forum panel discussion in Davos and walked out.Baltimore Jewish Times – the preeminent weekly Jewish publication – covers Jewish community information, opinion and news.
The Israel-Palestine question is maintaining its hold on Turkey’s agenda. Declarations made by several Middle Eastern countries to the effect that non-Arab countries should not intervene in this issue have also been a topic in domestic political discussions.
It must be accepted that, up until now at least, Egypt (and at the same time, France) have succeeded at being at the forefront of diplomatic efforts in Gaza.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry delivered a diplomatic note to Israel concerning the harsh remarks of an Israeli general, broadcaster NTV reported Saturday. In a separate statement, the Turkish army said the remarks are in an extent that could harm the bilateral relations.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the results of the Israeli elections, showing a jump in support to right wing parties, painted a very dark picture for the future of the region.
By Bill Stewart
Once again Israeli politics are in gridlock. This week’s national elections gave the ruling Kadima party 28 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament, with the nationalist Likud party only a hairbreadth’s behind with 27 seats. Neither one has anywhere near the 61 seats it needs to form a parliamentary majority and thus a government. To complicate matters, a new party, the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu, finished third with 15 seats, making it a key power broker. The old, leftwing Labor party came in fourth with 13 seats. Although Kadima is centrist, the Likud and Yisrael Beitenu votes means the Israeli electorate tilted significantly to the right.