The new generation of Turks who so many commentators and American diplomats have characterized as enlightened democrats have begun to show their ugly, anti-Semitic faces. Egemen Bağış, Turkey’s Minister for European Union affairs, suggested the reason why the Bulgarian Foreign Minister did not endorse Turkey’s position was because he had Jewish blood in him.
Gurcan Balik, an influential aide to Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and, according to fellow Turkish diplomats, also an acolyte of Islamist cult leader Fethullah Gulen, tweeted to his 2,500-plus followers an endorsement of “The Israel Lobby.”
Turkey’s Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım compared Israel’s actions to those of Somali pirates. This is par for the course in a regime run by a prime minister who endorses a film depicting Jews selling body parts.
This comes from the same regime whose prime minister accepted the Muammar Qaddafi prize for human rights, embraced genocidal Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, and embraces Hamas and even al-Qaeda financiers.
Turkey is showing its true colors; it is a country increasingly infected by hatred. It is also a country that is no longer safe for Jews and, frankly, will soon no longer be safe for Americans.