Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prof. Steven PlautSteven Plaut teaches at the University of Haifa and is author of "The Scout" (available from Gefen Publishing House). More of his writings can be seen on the New Plaut Blog, as well as in numerous electronic and print newspapers.
Dear Mister Prime Minister:
On behalf of all of the people of Israel, I would like to apologize to you as well, but for the behavior of the Prime Minister of Israel. As you know, just last weekend Benjamin Netanyahu sent you an "apology" for Israel having defended itself against the genocidal terrorists who attacked Israeli soldiers who were armed only with paintguns when they boarded the terrorist "flotilla" ship that you sent out to challenge Israel's naval blockade of the Hamas enclave in Gaza.
Netanyahu spoke only for himself when he apologized to you for Israel's defending itself and its people, this two generations after the Holocaust. He does not represent almost anyone at all in the country when it comes to this "apology." No one except for some anti-Israel radical leftists with tenure at the universities agrees that Israel owes you an apology for defending its people.
Actually, on behalf of the majority of my fellow Israelis, I would like to apologize for the fact that Israeli did not just torpedo and sink the terrorist ships trying to break the blockade and bring in aid to the Hamas Nazis. I would like to apologize for the fact that Israel has a Prime Minister who is dvorced enough from the reality of Jewish history and could consider buying a few moments of diplomatic calm with a Moslem aggressor by shaming his entire country with an "apology" to Turkey, and all this just hours before the Jewish holiday of national liberation, Passover.
Netanyahu spoke only for himself when he apologized to you for Israel's defending itself and its people, this two generations after the Holocaust.
eyond that, I really do think that Israel owes an apology for not having done much more to draw the world's attention to the illegal occupation and destruction by Turkey of the jewel of Cyprus, the city of Famagusta. Israel sat by while Turkey conquered 40% of Cyprus and transferred tens of thousands of its own people as illegal settlers to the island. And for that I apologize.
And since you have spent so much time in recent years denouncing Israel as an occupier, I think Israel owes an apology to the world for not helping to end the illegal
Turkish occupation of the great ancient Greek capital of Constantinople, now under an illegal Saracen occupation that has continued for far too long. It is high time that Constantinople be returned to its true heritage and its legal owners, the Greek people. It is less than a hundred years since the city, along with Smyrna and other Greek homelands, was almost liberated by the Greeks, who were only to be blocked by the Turkish military aggressors, the mass murderers of the Armenians.
So Mister Prime Minister, as you see, I am afraid that Israelis owe the world several apologies.
On behalf of the stalwart and self-respecting citizens of Israel, I remain
Most sincerely yours,
Prof. Steven Plaut
Fast afterword followup :
Not only did Isael's prime minister "apologize" for Israel using force against the genocidal Islamofascist terrorists who attacked Israeli troops, not only did he apologize for using armed force to protect the people of Israel, Netanyahu also agreed to pay reparations to the Turkish families of terrorists killed in the ship deck fighting when the flotilla ship was boarded. The terrorists there attacked the IDF troops who boarded the ship. The Turkish terrorists were killed while attempting to murder Israeli soldiers. That is the basis for Netanyahu offering to pay reparations!
Maybe Bibi will next offer to pay the Palestinian Arabs compensation for the damages to the Qassam rockets that they shoot into Israel when these are shot down by
the Iron Dome.
However, Bibi's problem is that he needs the Minister of Finance to sign any checks for any reparations payments to the Turkish families of the dead terrorists.
So I want to suggest, dear reader, that you drop a line to Yair Lapid, the still-untested, proud ZIonist with a sense of Jewish self-respect. Urge him to refuse to make any reparations payments to the families of the terrorists. You can email Lapid at firstname.lastname@example.org and fax him at 972-2-5825685
Most sincerely yours,
Prof. Steven Plaut