Monday, September 26, 2011

Fars (Iran): "Leader's Aide Terms Turkey's Positions against Zionists Political Gesture"

Let's hear from another general. Mr. Supreme (or Iran or Major General Mouthpiece) shows some interesting displeasure with Turkey here:
Iranian Supreme Leader's top advisor for military affairs Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi downplayed the importance of the positions and stances adopted by Ankara against the Zionist regime, describing them as political gesture.

"Turkey's gestures against the Zionists are political and they (the Turks) have maintained their relations (with the Zionist regime) behind the scene," Safavi said on Monday.

Relations between Turkey and Israel seemed to be going a bit dark after the Israeli military attacked the Gaza-bound relief aid convoy Freedom Flotilla in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea in May 2010, killing nine Turkish citizens on board the Turkish-flagged M.V. Mavi Marmara and injuring at least 50 other activists that were part of the team on the six-ship convoy.

Turkey announced earlier this month that many military agreements between Ankara and Tel Aviv have been halted and the Israeli ambassador has been expelled over Tel Aviv's refusal to apologize for the last year's deadly attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla, which led to the killing of several Turkish nationals.

But despite these seemingly anti-Israeli positions by Ankara, analysts and officials of several regional states, including Iran and Syria, blast Turkey for its acceptance of a NATO missile shield which has been designed to more save the Israeli regime.

Earlier this month, a senior Iranian legislator rapped Ankara for agreeing with the deployment of the NATO missile system in Turkey, and said the regional nations are displeased with Ankara's contradictory attitudes and policies

"The contradictory behavior of Turkey is not acceptable to the regional countries," Vice-Chairman of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Esmae'il Kosari told FNA in mid September.

Kosari said Turkey's decision resulted from a double-standard policy, and stressed that Ankara lost the reputation and prestige that it had gained through its recent positions in support of the Muslim countries.

Meantime, media reports said that Turkey may consider cooperating with international powers in the event they decide to intervene militarily in Syria.

A report in the Turkish "Hurriyet" newspaper said "Turkey has lost its patience with Syria".

According to Ankara officials, Turkish President Abdullah Gul has issued an ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar Assad via his Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who visited Syria last month.
Zionist lackey!

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