Pres. Obama Should Criticize Erdogan for Calling Israel “Terrorist State”
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has called upon President Barack Obama to criticize Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for labeling Israel, a close U.S. ally, a “terrorist state.” In an address in Istanbul to Muslim religious leaders from several Muslim states, Erdogan said that “Israel violently massacres innocent children in Gaza … [and is] a terrorist state”
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “Prime Minister Erdogan’s outrageous but predictable public defamation of Israel before Muslim religious leaders in Istanbul should not be left unanswered by President Obama, for several reasons. “First, President Obama has expressed strong praise for Mr. Erdogan and consulted him widely on the Middle East. President Obama surely cannot appreciate hearing a major American ally and its best Middle Eastern ally, Israel, described as a ‘terrorist state.’ Not to speak out in these circumstances would send the message that President Obama is not concerned at this incitement and hateful rhetoric which can only pour fuel on the conflict.
“President Obama should publicly rebuke Prime Minister Erdogan’s statement. Doing so would likely have a sedative effect upon the impassioned pronouncements that come from the leaders of Muslim majority states whenever Israel acts to stop Jew-killers from attacking Israel.”
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