Increasingly, the Turks appear to have visions
these days of once again spearheading the forces of
Islam as it confronts the West and those whom they
see associated with it.
The focus of this essay will not be on why or how
modern Turkey's transition from Ataturk's officially
secular state to one closely aligned with the
Islamists has occurred, but rather on recent events
which Ankara has been closely involved with which
are the result of this transition...the Gaza/Hamas
flotilla incident, in particular.
For quite some time now, Turkey has wanted to have
it both ways with Israel.
It has sought economic and military ties, and has
especially expected Jerusalem to help it in its own
matters of "internal security." In turn, Israel
obtained a powerful Muslim, but non-Arab, neighbor
which was not looking to have it for dinner and with
which it could have somewhat reasonable relations.
Additionally, Jerusalem was also expected to allow
Ankara to dicate the terms of this relationship.
Not mincing words, the cost has been too high--for
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive
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conducted counter-Arab propaganda programs for college youth, has
lectured on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has publicly
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Specifically, it has
had to engage in shameful behavior to assist its
alleged Turkish friends in the suppression and
subjugation of another entirely different people,
the Kurds. Israeli intelligence and weaponry have
indeed helped Ankara in these matters, and --for a
number of reasons--this must finally come to a halt.
I have written about the analogy between what Arabs
face vis-a-vis Israel and what Kurds face vis-a-vis
Turkey elsewhere (Between Ankara and
Department Math for
example), so won't elaborate on this here. Please
open those urls above, however, to see some
information very relevant to this discussion.
My aim now is to showcase the differences between
what Israel faces relative to its terrorist enemies
and what Turkey faces regarding those whom engage in
terror against it as well.
The assorted Arab enemies which Israel faces among
"Palestinian" Arabs (most of whom were newcomers
into the Mandate themselves)--Fatah, Hamas, Islamic
Jihad, and so forth--have one goal...the destruction
of both Israel and its Jews. Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah
plays relatively nice now simply to milk dhimmi
nations for $$$ billions while building up his own
modern military, courtesy of Uncle Sam. His dead
boss's Swiss bank accounts are legendary. Hamas is
simply more honest. Look at both of their websites
and such in case you think there really is a
difference in their plans for Israel.
An Arab state emerged after World War I on almost
80% of the original April 25, 1920 Mandate of
Palestine. In 1922, most of the original
territory--all the land east of the Jordan
River--was handed over to Arab nationalism by Great
Britain. So, right from the start, and contrary to
Arab storytelling, most of the land was given over
to them--not to the Jews. Had Arabs accepted the
1947 partition, they would have wound up with almost
90% of the total area. They rejected it, because, in
Arab eyes, no one except themselves had any rights
at all in what they call "purely Arab patrimony" and
the Dar ul-Islam.
Since those days, the Jews (one half of whom who
were refugees from the so-called "Arab" world) have
made repeated attempts to reach peace via additional
Palestinian Arabs (and most others as well) have
rejected all such efforts to reach a modus vivendi
with their Jewish neighbors. So, that brings us to
where we are today...
Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad & Co. have been engaged
in continuous efforts to eradicate Israel and its
Jews...blown buses, restaurants, teen nightclubs,
shopping malls, ice cream parlors, schools--civilian
targets have been the most sought out.
How has Ankara dealt with its alleged "friend's"
attempt to deal with this violence?
By expecting Israel to simply put up with it.
On more than one occasion, it has withdrawn its
ambassador and has taken other measures in rebuking
Israel for its retaliation.
While Israel has dropped thousands of leaflets, made
phone calls, and the like to try to avoid civilian
casualties, when Arabs deliberately use
non-combatants as human shields (a common tactic
that they deploy), this is hard to do. And when
Arabs fire at Israeli civilians from behind Arab
civilians, they are committing a double war crime
according to the Geneva Conventions--which no one
seems to care about.
The flotilla backed by Ankara and sent to Hamas-ruled
Gaza was sent to break Israel's legal maritime
blockade of a enemy sworn to its destructions and
which acts on its pledge repeatedly. Faced with such
an enemy, the Turks would have never given back Gaza
to their own enemies if the situation was reversed.
No doubt here...
So, given this stance, it's time to examine problems
the Turks themselves have with another
Kurds predate the Turks' arrival in Turkey by
literally thousands of years. Like the Jews in
Israel, they were there long before an Arab or Turk
ever invaded and conquered their land.
Some thirty-five million Kurds live in the Middle
East, and about one-fifth of Turkey's population is
Kurd. The first Kurdish nationalist revolts in the
area dated from the 19th century. Others would come
The emergence of powerful Turkish and Iranian rulers
after World War I wound up leaving tens of millions
of Kurds stateless in the new age of nationalism in
After Great Britain won a favorable decision from
the League of Nations in 1925 tying the oil of
Mesopotamia's predominately Kurdish north to the new
Arab state of Iraq, promises earlier made in support
of Kurdish independence were aborted. The Kurds have
been used and abused by many players ever
since--including America and Israel.
Being a mere remnant of the former great Ottoman
Turkish Empire, Mustapha Kemal's (Ataturk) Turkey
was determined to see no further geographical losses
from its territory.
That being the case, what was there to do with
millions of non-Turkic people who already predated
you on the land?
Well, in the Turks' eyes, you could just rename
them, outlaw their culture and language, intimidate,
murder, and subjugate them--etc. and so forth.
Bingo!!!!! That was the ticket...
And they have been all "Mountain Turks" ever
since... not Kurds.
The violent, originally revolutionary Socialist
Kurdistan Workers' Party (the PKK), was born amid
this subjugation of the Kurdish people.
Unlike Arabs, with twenty-one states to date (carved
out largely from non-Arab peoples' lands), Kurds are
a truly subjugated, stateless people. They have
suffered horrendously because of this condition, and
long before Saddam Hussein's Arab Anfal Campaign
slaughtered over a hundred thousand of them in Iraq.
The 22nd state Arabs are striving for would be, as
we have seen, the Arabs' second one in Palestine
(the name the Roman Emperor, Hadrian, bestowed upon
Judaea after the Jews' second revolt for
independence in 135 C.E.), not their first. Today's
Jordan has that honor. And, much later, renaming
themselves "Palestinians" instead of Arabs fools no
one except those who want to be fooled in this
game....Unfortunately, many folks fit into that
Thus, we see the whole world clamoring for the birth
of that Arab 22nd state, have Turks themselves
support it knowing full well that neither a Hamas
nor a Fatah Arab state will accept a Jewish State of
Israel as its neighbor; etc. and so forth. And now
we also have Ankara threatening war with Jerusalem
over this as well as it gets cozy with Syrian Arab
butchers and Iran's mullah maniacs.
What compromises did Turks make with their own
national competitors, the Kurds?
Unlike Ankara, which outlawed the Kurdish language,
Israel made Arabic the second national language of
the state. By the way, the proportion of Jews to
Arabs in Israel is the same as Turks to Kurds in
Turkey...80% to 20%. About thirty-eight Israels
would fit into the land mass of Turkey--for a little
Did Turks agree to a partition with its fourteen
million "Mountain Turks?"
Jews accepted repeated partitions with Arabs,
resulting in Arabs getting most of the
territory--despite their lies.
The answer, of course, to all of this is a glaring
Unlike Hamas & Co., the PKK was born out of this
total denial of Kurdish rights.
And whatever its bloody sins are, the PKK has never
sought the destruction of Turkey nor of its people.
It has merely sought rights for Kurds, not "Mountain
Turks," which the Turks refuse to
grant...ironically, those very same rights that the
Turks expect Israel to grant to those who would
indeed destroy it if given but half a chance.
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has
done extensive doctoral studies in Middle Eastern
Affairs. He has created and conducted counter-Arab
propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured
on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has
publicly debated many Arab spokesmen. His articles
and op-eds have been published in dozens of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and
websites all around the world. Visit his
Gerald A. Honigman, a longtime contributing writer
for ekurd.net. Honigman has published a major book,
Quest For Justice In The Middle East--The
Arab-Israeli Conflict In Greater Perspective."
By Gerald A. Honigman. eKurd.net,
June 17, 2010. You may reach the
author via email at: honigman6 (at) msn.com.
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