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Zionist Klein: Turkey's Erdogan a 'Terrorist' After All

By    |   Thursday, 15 January 2015 05:11 PM

A leader who the civilized world once had high hopes for, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, has proven to be "nothing less than another radical Islamic jihadist terrorist promoting hatred and murder and violence against Jews, and even the West," a prominent American supporter of the nation of Israel told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that Erdogan's rhetoric in the wake of last week's Paris attacks has been especially damning for a would-be statesman who, by now, has crushed expectations that he would build bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims.

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Erdogan blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday for "daring" to attend the massive peace march through Paris on Sunday.

In comments to Turkish reporters, Erdogan charged Netanyahu directly to "give an account for the children, women you slaughtered" a reference to last summer's clashes in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

"Erdogan's statement about Israel intentionally killing civilians is absurd," said Klein, arguing that Israel "went into Gaza to defend its citizens" from rockets launched by Hamas.

Erdogan also offered his own narrative of the attacks on a Jewish grocery store and a satirical French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, that mocked the Prophet Muhammad massacres carried out by Islamist gunmen loyal to al-Qaida in Yemen, which then claimed credit for the sieges that killed 17 people.

"The culprits are clear," said Erdogan. "French citizens undertook this massacre and Muslims were blamed for it."

"I remember when Erdogan became the head of Turkey: There was great hope he would be a different type of leader, a rational, pro-West leader who would be fighting Islamic terrorism," said Klein.

Even Jewish groups were honoring Erdogan who last April returned an award he received from an American Jewish organization.

Erdogan has also been accused of crushing internal political dissent and tacitly supporting the violent militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.

Amid ever more bizarre public statements, Erdogan appears to be erecting a monumental cult of personality around himself complete with a byzantine new presidential palace costing upward of $1 billion.

"Everyone was wrong," said Klein.

He compared Erdogan to Palestianian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed to Turkey by Erdogan on Tuesday as a distinguished guest of state, in a palace ceremony with an honor guard dressed like Ottoman Empire knights.

The two leaders have plenty in common, said Klein.

"Because [Erdogan's] words when he was running [for prime minister] were rational and decent and reasonable words, just like when Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the West, his words are generally are decent," said Klein.

That changes, he said, when they speak to non-Westerners.

"So people are not aware of the truth and the reality of Mahmoud Abbas or Erdogan, because they haven't heard them speaking to their own people," said Klein.

Erdogan has demonstrated in "every way, and form that he is on the wrong side of history," Klein said.

"When you go to Turkey," he added, "the synagogues not only have guards as most synagogues around the world now do they actually are paved over so you can't even tell it's a synagogue now, with Erdogan in power."

In that vein, Klein expressed sympathy for the comments of a leading European rabbi that Jews there rabbis included should be permitted to carry guns for self-protection.

"The first thing Hitler did when he came into power is he disarmed all the citizenry," said Klein. "He didn't want anyone to have weapons because he knew when he was going to go in there he didn't want to have any problems with people being able to defend themselves."

He said the emergence of violent Islamism has taken place on the watch of a U.S. president, Barack Obama, who "seems to have a sympathy and sensitivity to Muslims because of his own background."

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