ANALYSIS: What’s Behind Erdogan’s Rants Against Israel

The Turkish leader is sounding increasingly like the kind of unhinged dictator who could destabilize the region

By Yochanan Visser | | Topics: Turkey, Erdogan
Photo: Wisam Hashlamoun/FLASH90

Turkey’s autocratic leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan again blasted Israel on Monday and accused the Jewish state of openly “executing and merciless murdering innocent girls, fathers, mothers, eldery people, children and young people on the streets of Palestine.”

While presenting Turkey as the sole defender of the Palestinian Arabs Erdogan also lambasted the West and “some Arab states” of encouraging “this brutality of Israel while he called upon his Muslim brothers and sisters to unite and confront the West and conspiracies against Islamic countries.”

The Turkish tyrant also claimed that because of Turkey’s stance on the Palestinian issue the country had witnessed terror attacks and “economic sabotage” in recent years.

He then tried to present his government as a victim of loneliness because of “Turkey’s objections against the oppressions in al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Palestine.”

“We will continue to uphold the truth and justice and stand by the oppressed at all costs. We will never stop defending the Al-Quds cause and the rights of the Palestinians or acting in solidarity with all the oppressed,” Erdogan said at the end of this part of his speech.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center in the United States will no doubt update its statementabout an earlier anti-Semitic diatribe by Erdogan and declare the latest rant against Israel the most anti-Semitic one since Goebbels and Hitler.

The Turkish leader’s obsession with Israel, as well as the Kurds, is well documented with some Middle East experts thinking Erdogan is suffering from serious psychological problems.

“Mr. Erdogan is a dictator with strange ideas, wild ambitions, and no restraints,” wrote Daniel Pipes, the president of The Middle East Forum at the end of October, in an article named “Turkey may go the way of Venezuela.

Turkish physicians of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) think the Turkish President is indeed suffering from a serious psychological disorder and diagnosedhim with narcissistic personality disorder (NPS).

Mustafa Altıoklar a doctor and the director of TMA was arrested for this diagnose which he said had nothing to do with insult or humiliation and said the TMA diagnosis was meant to share concerns with the public.

One of the symptoms of NPS is looking down on people the patient perceives as inferior while another is an exaggerated sense of self-importance and superiority.

Reacting with rage and contempt and being impatient or angry when they don’t receive special treatment are other symptoms appearing in a person suffering from NPS.

When one looks at Erdogan’s own track record of severe human rights abuse, one could at least conclude that he is totally lacking self-knowledge.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz seem to address this lack of self-knowledge when they react to Erdogan’s rants and remind him of his own track-record in the field of war crimes and human rights offenses.

Erdogan is in no position to preach to Israel about human rights matters according to the Israeli leaders.

“Erdogan’s regime systematically violates human rights, brutally persecutes the Kurds, and supports the terrorists of Hamas. He is the last person who should be preaching morals to Israel,” Katz wrote on Twitter in September.

A short look at Erdogan’s human rights track record will teach us that Netanyahu and Katz are right.

He ordered his air force to bomb the Yazidi homeland Sinjar on April 25, 2017, a couple of years after ISIS committed the 72nd genocide on the non-Muslim minority in Iraq killing at least 70 people.

A European tribunal consisting of seven esteemed judges from various countries in the continent came to the conclusion that the Turkish tyrant had committed war crimes against the Turkish Kurds.

From June 1, 2015 to January 31, 2017, Erdogan committed “war crimes against the Kurdish people, by bombing, bulldozing and indiscriminately shooting at the population in several towns in Southeast Turkey including Diyarbakır; and that it facilitated common crimes such as bomb attacks, targeted assassinations and kidnappings, both on Turkish soil and abroad, including the murder in 2013 of three Kurdish women in Paris,” the judges said in their verdict.

More recently the Turkish dictator committed war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Syrian Kurds when he launched “Operation Spring Peace” in northern Syria, the attempt to use ethnic cleansing to change the demographic make-up of a large part of what the Kurds call Rojava, the Kurdish autonomous region along the Turkish border in Syria.

He, reportedly, also used chemical weapons against the Syrian Kurds during the latest illegal incursion in Syria.

‘Operation Peace Spring’ caused the displacement of at least 300.000 Syrian Kurds and resulted until now in the death of at least 90 civilians in both Turkey and Syria.

Moreover, Erdogan’s crackdown on the Kurds in Turkey since 2015, when he sabotaged peace talks caused the displacement of 355,000 people and the killing of 338 civilians according to Human Rights Watch.

The Turkish dictator also personally ordered to shoot down a Russian SU-24 warplane when it was flying over Syrian airspace in November 2015 the minutes of NATO meetings learned.

The ‘coupe’ against Erdogan in July 2016, which was according to some observers a false flag operation, has led to the sacking of 130,000 people and the incarceration of another 77.000 Turks.

Then there is Turkey’s cooperation with Islamist terror groups so as ISIS and Hamas which has a permanent headquarters in Turkey.

Erdogan’s family was actively helping Islamic State during the rise of its Caliphate and Hamas leaders frequently consult with the Turkish Islamist who considers himself as the leader of the Sunni Muslims.

Under Erdogan, Turkey became a foe of Israel and tries to brainwash the Muslim population in Jerusalem while also trying to take over control of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

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