By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the Israel-Turkey reconciliation agreement as “strategically important for Israel’s security and economy,” but members of the coalition government, as well as the opposition, disagree.
Israel’s newly appointed Minster of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman is reported to say he will oppose the agreement at the next cabinet meeting. He criticized Netanyahu’s acquiescence to Turkey’s conditions to the agreement and his apology to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Israel’s efforts to stop the Turkish-registered ship MV “Mavi Marmara” from breaking Israel’s naval blockade on Hamas-ruled Gaza. Lieberman and others also object to the agreement that stipulates ‘compensation’ to the families of the Turks who attacked the 13 Israeli commandos who boarded the ship when it refused to stop. The attackers were ” armed with iron bars and knives.” The bloody confrontation ended with 10 Turkish activists dead, as and 10 Israelis wounded.
The Turks onboard the ship were members of the government-sponsored Turkish radical Islamic jihadist organization the IHH (full Turkish name “Insan Hak ve Hurriyetleri veInsani Yardım Vakfı,” in English “The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief”). The IHH is anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic. It operates throughout the Middle East and elsewhere. It is closely affiliated with Hamas and other Muslim Brotherhood groups and has Turkey’s Erdogan as its main cheerleader. Erdogan has also funded the Hamas government in Gaza and hosted Hamas terrorists in Turkey.....To Read More.....