Turkey has led the chorus of international disapproval following Israel’s deadly attack on the aid flotilla. Most of the victims were his compatriots so Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has more reason than most to be extremely critical of Israel’s treatment of the blockade-runners;
“I am really sad about everything we went through yesterday; it was a stain on civilisation itself, on our common culture and humanity. It’s a black day for mankind, for humanity when you massacre innocent people and call them terrorists.
No one should dream they can test our patience or count on Turkey’s eternal restraint. Our friendship is very important, but we are equally dangerous for our enemies. A state that attracts the hate of the world cannot ensure the security of its people,” said Erdogan.
The Israeli ambassador’s residence in Ankara has been under seige from protesters and Turkish police there are holding them back. Yesterday a crowd of 10,000 tried to storm the Israeli consulate building in Istanbul before being stopped by security forces.