Hamas chief lauds Turkey as ‘source of power’ for Muslims

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Hamas chief lauds Turkey as ‘source of power’ for Muslims




Senior Hamas leader Khaled Mashal (L) and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu greet the audience during a meeting of Turkey's ruling AK Party (AKP) in central Anatolian city of Konya December 27, 2014 . (Reuters)​


AFP, Ankara
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal on Saturday praised Turkey as a “source of power” for all Muslims in gratitude to Turkey's leaders for supporting the Palestinian cause.

“A democratic, stable and developed Turkey is a source of power for all Muslims,” Meshaal said in an address to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) annual congress in the conservative central Anatolian city of Konya.

Meshaal said a “strong Turkey means a strong Jerusalem, a strong Palestine,” voicing hopes to “liberate Palestine and Jerusalem,” according to the state-run Anatolia news agency.

His brief address was interrupted repeatedly by cheering crowds in the hall waving Turkish and Palestinian flags and chanting: “Allahu Akbar (God is greatest)” and “Down with Israel!”

The Hamas chief often shows up at the ruling party's events. He also attended the AKP's congress in 2012 when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was serving as prime minister.

Current Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in his speech said Turkey's red flag featuring a crescent with a star was a “symbol of the innocent in the world.”

“God is witness ... we will make this red flag a symbol of the innocent. This red flag will fly side by side with the flags of Palestine, free Syria and all other innocents' flags anywhere in the world,” he told the congress.

Turkey’s leaders, in particular Erdogan, are known for their angry outbursts at Israel. A staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause, Erdogan has often blasted the Jewish state over its military assaults on the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by Hamas.

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The funny thing is that during the Gaza flotilla incident in 2010, Israel was saying exactly that about Erdogan and his government. The Israelis had been warning the world about Erdogan and his support for Islamic radicals, including the IHH activists aboard the boat.

But people kept brushing these claims aside, with the argument "Turkey is a democracy; stop trying to demonize the Turkish governments and the peace activists they support".

Well, it looks like people are finally waking up to what the Turkish government has become. People are starting to realize that regarding the Gaza flotilla (the Mavi Marmara), Israel was right all along.
 

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The funny thing is that during the Gaza flotilla incident in 2010, Israel was saying exactly that about Erdogan and his government. The Israelis had been warning the world about Erdogan and his support for Islamic radicals, including the IHH activists aboard the boat.

But people kept brushing these claims aside, with the argument "Turkey is a democracy; stop trying to demonize the Turkish governments and the peace activists they support".

Well, it looks like people are finally waking up to what the Turkish government has become. People are starting to realize that regarding the Gaza flotilla (the Mavi Marmara), Israel was right all along.
Hamas isn't radical, and it's relieving that anyone would stand up to Israel.
 
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