Turkish PM Storms Out of the World Economic Forum

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is silenced in Davos, but returns to a hero’s welcome in Turkey.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed off the stage during a panel discussion about Gaza at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday. Erdogan became upset after the moderator, David Ignatius of the Washington Post, initially refused to let him respond to a passionate 25 minute defense of Israel’s recent incursion into Gaza offered by President Shimon Peres. Ignatius then haltingly agreed to give the prime minister one minute to respond but soon interrupted pleading, “Please…we need to get these people to dinner.” Erdogan’s words may not have been heard in the West, but his actions struck a chord with people in Turkey. He returned to Istanbul in the wee hours of the morning to thousands of cheering supporters waving Turkish and Palestinian flags. Link

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Gokhan from Turkey

So? You value the Prime minister of Turkey because he acted like a child? Or maybe you think it's "cool" to worship people who hate Israel. Just so you know, he's never done anything worth mentioning for the people of Turkey, and praising him just because he can't keep up a conversation without storming out of the room proves that you know nothing about his actions.

Gokhan from Turkey

So? You value the Prime minister of Turkey because he acted like a child? Or maybe you think it's "cool" to worship people who hate Israel. Just so you know, he's never done anything worth mentioning for the people of Turkey, and praising him just because he can't keep up a conversation without storming out of the room proves that you know nothing about his actions.

Anonymous

That is hardly fair. Paul isn't praising Recep's actions, or make a point about how its ''cool'' to hate Israel. Try slowing down for a second and think about what is actually being said; a national leader has finally made a public statement about his disdain toward the holocaust in Gaza and how its international portrayal has been misconstrued by the western powers that be to make it seem as if Israel has no guilty part in the entire conflict. Bear in mind that until a peaceful resolution with the Palestinian people has been established, Israel is still recognised as an occupying force, not an independent state. Yes, Recep could have resorted to more mature methods to get his message accross, but would anyone have listened? This post has nothing to do with anti semitism, quite the contrary, it has everything to do with the absolute denial of the horrors that have been taking place in Gaza for the sake of the continuing existance of the state of Israel. Finally a public figure has opened their mouth, or at least tried to. Like Muhammad Idrees Ahmad said in his article 'Eyeless in Gaza' posted recently on adbusters, ''Palestinians ‘die’, Israelis are ‘killed’''. ''‘Terrorism’ is something Palestinians do, Israelis merely ‘defend’ themselves – invariably outside their borders. ''

Anonymous

That is hardly fair. Paul isn't praising Recep's actions, or make a point about how its ''cool'' to hate Israel. Try slowing down for a second and think about what is actually being said; a national leader has finally made a public statement about his disdain toward the holocaust in Gaza and how its international portrayal has been misconstrued by the western powers that be to make it seem as if Israel has no guilty part in the entire conflict. Bear in mind that until a peaceful resolution with the Palestinian people has been established, Israel is still recognised as an occupying force, not an independent state. Yes, Recep could have resorted to more mature methods to get his message accross, but would anyone have listened? This post has nothing to do with anti semitism, quite the contrary, it has everything to do with the absolute denial of the horrors that have been taking place in Gaza for the sake of the continuing existance of the state of Israel. Finally a public figure has opened their mouth, or at least tried to. Like Muhammad Idrees Ahmad said in his article 'Eyeless in Gaza' posted recently on adbusters, ''Palestinians ‘die’, Israelis are ‘killed’''. ''‘Terrorism’ is something Palestinians do, Israelis merely ‘defend’ themselves – invariably outside their borders. ''

Anonymous

If you take a look at footage of the Erdogan speech at Davos you will see for your self that there was no outburst or childish behaviour. The condemnation was calm and collected and this is probably what un-nerved most of the Pro israeli Media in the West. They generally love to find someone who is not quite coherent or who does not speak English well to put forward a Palestinian veiwpoint. Thereby not putting any Palestinian viewpoint froward. I think Erdogan was right to make this open and overdue condemnation of Israel and hope that it will open the gates for others to follow.

Anonymous

If you take a look at footage of the Erdogan speech at Davos you will see for your self that there was no outburst or childish behaviour. The condemnation was calm and collected and this is probably what un-nerved most of the Pro israeli Media in the West. They generally love to find someone who is not quite coherent or who does not speak English well to put forward a Palestinian veiwpoint. Thereby not putting any Palestinian viewpoint froward. I think Erdogan was right to make this open and overdue condemnation of Israel and hope that it will open the gates for others to follow.

johnnigirl

Have you stopped to think that perhaps the man stormed out because he was saddled with an antiquated notion that those who do not speak english elequently in 60 lousy seconds do not deserved to be heard? Why speak to deaf ears? He was disrespected and rather than fuel ignorant fire he chose to walk away. His passion and energy will be better served elsewhere.

johnnigirl

Have you stopped to think that perhaps the man stormed out because he was saddled with an antiquated notion that those who do not speak english elequently in 60 lousy seconds do not deserved to be heard? Why speak to deaf ears? He was disrespected and rather than fuel ignorant fire he chose to walk away. His passion and energy will be better served elsewhere.

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