Erdogan's temper tantrum (with video)It wasn't just that he called for a new definition of terrorism that would make Hamas and Hezbullah into charitable organizations. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan also had a temper tantrum at the World Economic Conference in Davos on Thursday.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stalked off the stage at the World Economic Forum red-faced after verbally sparring with President Shimon Peres over the fighting in Gaza.You won't see Peres shouting in this video (you will see him, but not shouting back at Erdogan - keep checking back and I will try to get that too), but you will see Erdogan storming off the stage. Let's go to the videotape.
Erdogan was flustered after he tried to speak as the scheduled session was ending at the forum in Davos, Switzerland, asking the moderator, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, to let him speak once more.
"Only a minute," Ignatius replied.
Erdogan said that "I remember two former prime ministers in your country who said they felt very happy when they were able to enter Palestine on tanks," he said in Turkish.
"I find it very sad that people applaud what you said. There have been many people killed. And I think that it is very wrong and it is not humanitarian," he said.
Ignatius said "We can't start the debate again. We just don't have time."
Erdogan said "Please let me finish." Ignatius responded "We really do need to get people to dinner."
The Turkish premier then said, "Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. I don't think I will come back to Davos after this."
The confrontation saw Peres and Ergodan raise their voice shouting - highly unusual at the elite gathering of corporate and world leaders, which is usually marked by learned consensus seeking and polite dialogue.
The packed audience at the Ergodan and Peres session, which included US President Barack Obama's close adviser Valerie Jarrett, appeared stunned.
UPDATE FRIDAY 2:09 AM
Here's a press conference where Erdogan tried to explain himself. Starting at about the 2:10 mark there's a translator.
Let's go to the videotape.
The earlier parts of the event can be found here.
UPDATE FRIDAY 10:35 AM
More on this story from Memeorandum here.
UPDATE FRIDAY 3:12 PM
Here's Shimon Peres' speech that preceded Erodgan's tantrum. Let's go to the videotape.
Shimon continues to delude himself that Hamas has a different goal than Fatah, but otherwise he's spot on.