Obama's BFF Turkey pulls out of Munich defense conference because of Israel. (JPost).
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu pulled out of a security conference in Munich at the last minute on Friday, rather than attend a joint session with an Israeli delegation.
“I was going to attend the conference, but we decided not to after they added Israeli officials to the Middle East session at the last minute,” Cavusoglu told a news conference in Berlin, where he has been meeting with Turkish ambassadors based in Europe.
Withdrawing from the meeting had nothing to do with Turkey’s relationship with Germany, he said in the remarks broadcast by Turkish state television, TRT.
The Anadolu news agency on Friday reported that Turkey would instead send a low-level representative to the conference, which wraps up on Sunday night.
Israel’s official envoy to the conference, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, said, “Israel is astonished by the Turkish decision.”
Steinitz said on Friday that Israel plans to participate in all important international conferences in spite of the Turkish boycott.
“Turkey’s boycott is essentially Ankara’s expression of sympathy for radical Islam and terrorist organizations like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood,” Steinitz said. “This decision casts a heavy pall over Turkey’s future and its character more than it injures Israel.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Friday condemned Cavusoglu’s decision to boycott the conference and attacked Netanyahu for his 2013 apology.
“The Turkish foreign minister’s decision to skip the Munich Security Conference because of the Israeli presence there proves once again just how big the mistake was to apologize to Turkey,” he said.
“As long as Turkey is being ruled by the current regime [of Erdogan, who is now president], there’s no chance of rehabilitating ties between our two countries, since Erdogan’s Turkey is a country that is only interested in attacking Israel,” the foreign minister said.“Israel must conduct its affairs visà- vis Turkey accordingly and stand up for its interests.” Hmmmm........It should be obvious to any one with a working brain how deep the hatred for Israel runs in the current Turkish leadership veins. Read the full story here.