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Thursday, January 29, 2009

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.

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.
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.



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.

9 Comments:

At 11:18 PM, Blogger David L said...

Carl,

I have the full video on my blog (including Peres' emotional speech which is actually very good).

Check it out in my liveblogging post.

Cheers

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger David L said...

Oops, I see my blogger profile is gone, so you probably don't know who I am.

It is Aussie Dave here.

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

If Hezbollah and Hamas ever become charitable organizations, there will be no terrorism in the world!

Until then, Taycep Erdogan can kiss my tuchis!

Heh.

 
At 11:51 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

David, are you THAT Israellycool blogger?

 
At 11:55 PM, Blogger David L said...

NormanF,

That depends which Israellycool you are referring to.

But given I have the only Israellycool blog I know of, then I would have to answer you "Yes" ;)

 
At 12:14 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Cool.

UPDATE: HAT TIP ISRAELLYCOOL: Shimon Peres called Erdogan to apologize.

That's Peres... allowing Israel's enemy to spit on his face as he grovels before him. But its fitting that the godfather of Oslo showed how little regard he still has for Jewish pride and self-respect.

Now that's an oxymoron only Jews could invent!

 
At 12:47 AM, Blogger OK said...

All you Zionists,

Mr. Erdogan said what most people in the world would say in such a situation.

You live in the single terrorist state on Earth. Yeah, you're Israeli citizens and you're all part of its terrorist activities.

I urgently call you and your fellow citizens to the true orders of God, to stop killing innocent people and to support corrupt politicians who order their armies to kill the innocent.

I call you to accept the rights of non-Jewish people in the middle-east.

The day of judgment is very close for you. You'll see what happens in a very near future.

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

well, "OK", we zionists call on YOU to accept the rights of MUSLIM citizens of the middle east - the right to liberty from opressive dictatorships, the right to grow up in a society that does not teach racism and supremacism, the right to convert to another religion if a muslim so chooses without fear of being stoned, the right of a woman to have sex with whoever she please without having to fear being murdered by her father and brothers, the right not to be used as a human shield by terror groups, the right to be told that blowing yourself up for political goals is evil, the right to practice the sexual orientation of their choice without fear of getting hanged by the supreme courts, the right of women to move freely and educate themselves freely, and so on.

muslims in the jewish parts of the middle east certainly have and enjoy all these rights. when muslims in the islamic middle east have these rights, then and only then will you have any moral authority to come here and preach at israel, who is light years ahead of every single islamic country in existence in terms of human rights.

until then, fuck off.

 
At 6:29 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Jessica, its not lady-like to resort to a profanity. ;-) But there is an exception to the rule and I'd probably tell Israel's adversaries pretty much the same thing. The Turks have committed far more brutalities against the Kurds than the Jews have committed against the Palestinians. And let's not be detained by their invasion of Cyprus, which no one in the world recognizes. Who are they to lecture to Israel about how to wage a war? Fuck them, that serves them right!

 

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