'IHH to delay next flotilla until after Turkey elections'

Turkish Islamic organization will reportedly wait to see if Erdogan is re-elected until it sends 'Mavi Marmara' aid ship back to Gaza.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 12, 2011 13:36
1 minute read.
A lack of prior intelligence.

mavi marmara weapons 311. (photo credit: IDF)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Turkish IHH organization has said that it will delay its participation in the upcoming flotilla to Gaza scheduled for June until after elections in Turkey, Israel Radio reported Tuesday.

According to the report, the group will wait to see if Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will be reelected during the June elections before it decides to send the Mavi Marmara ship back to the Gaza Strip.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
IHH to send 'Marmara' back to Gaza in June
Netanyahu asks UN's Ban to help stop Gaza flotilla in May

A Turkish representative from the organization told Israel Radio that the decision was not made as a result of international pressure.

"The flotilla will eventually set out on its way," the representative said.

"This is not Israel's Mediterranean Sea," IHH President Bulent Yildrim said last week, according to Turkish newspaper Zaman. "We are not afraid to become martyrs."

At the beginning in of April, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, asking him to work toward stopping the planned flotilla.



Netanyahu told Ban that the flotilla was being organized partly by radical Islamists, whose aim is to provoke and cause violence.

Related Content

August 20, 2018
Erdogan invokes patriotism, Islam as lira remains under pressure

By REUTERS