|…I imagine you all saw the continuing reports on the UN document presided over by the righteous gentile Geoffrey Palmer which declares that in the Mavi Marmara episode Israel was legally in the right to board that ship and it was the Turks that were at fault for not preventing the ship from sailing and for conducting afterwards a tendentious a/k/a ludicrous version of an investigation. The Palmer report calls for no apology to be made by Israel, even if, as always, its soldiers lost control of themselves.
At the same time in New York City Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon failed in negotiations with Turkey’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu to agree on a text which would abort the publication of the Palmer report, with the sticking point still the Turkish demand that Israel apologize.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, unlike the Defense Minister, the kibbutz-raised, atheist, multi-millionaire socialist Ehud Barak, remains adamantly opposed to Israel making such an apology; apologizing that its soldiers defended themselves. He called it a “humiliation and a forsaking IDF soldiers.”
Of course it is a humiliation, because humiliation is one of the most important drives in Muslim, Arab, Turkish society. These are cultures in which dominance and submission are routine states of being. The Barbary Pirate power states of North Africa – Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli – were autonomous Regency city-states run by Turkish Janissaries who demanded tribute from non-Muslim countries as the only way to have a ceasefire in the eternal jihad between Islam and Christendom, pashas who in turn were required to pay tribute themselves to the Sultan in Constantinople, meaning, giving him huge gifts of money and spices and fabrics and jewels and black slaves from Africa. And woe betide the Barbary potentate who failed to pay the Sultan.
Likewise the annual jezya tax on the non-Believers allowed to live, principally Jews and Christians. But this was a heavy tax on the community, and it was also deliberately meant to humiliate the non-Believers, i.e. concretize their subject status. It was an exercise in admitting who’s the boss.
Imagine if Israel were to levee on the 20% of its citizens who are Arabs a special heavy tax that Jews don’t have to pay. What would the world say?
It is out of this mindset the Turks are demanding Israel apologize. It is also the way these guilty barbarians try to manage their guilt which they cannot experience. They deny their guilt and insist that the Jews are the guilty party…