US congressman slams Turkey for expelling Israeli envoy

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 2, 2011 22:40
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US Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) on Friday criticized the government of Turkey as hypocritical for its decision to expel Israel's ambassador to Ankara while Syria's envoy to Turkey remains in place.

"Turkey should be ashamed of itself," Engel, a senior member of the US House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee said in a statement.  "In an almost unbelievable act of hypocrisy, the Syrian ambassador sits comfortably in Ankara, while the Assad regime kills more than 2000 of its own people, but Turkey has expelled the Israeli Ambassador for Israel’s proper enforcement of a legally-established blockade.  Rather than bashing the only real democracy in the Middle East, Turkey should focus on its own problems, such as ending its occupation of Cyprus once and for all," he stated.

Engel also commented on the UN report on the raid of the Mavi Marmara: “The Palmer Commission report accurately confirmed that Israel acted within its rights in establishing a blockade of Gaza, and enforcing it.  I think the report went too far, however, when it said Israel used ‘excessive’ force.  Only after the Israelis faced serious, life-threatening violence did they act legally in self defense.  I can see nothing wrong with that.”


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