Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Recognizing Palestinian state 'an obligation': Erdoğan

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. REUTERS photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. REUTERS photo
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Arab foreign ministers Tuesday that recognition of a Palestinian state was an obligation, as the Palestinians prepare to submit a bid for UN membership.
"Recognizing the Palestinian state is not an option, it is an obligation," Erdoğan said at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo.
"Before the end of this year, we will see Palestine at the United Nations in a very different situation," he said.
"We must work hand in hand with our Palestinian brothers. The Palestinian cause is the cause of human dignity," added Erdoğan, who has become an increasingly strident critic of Turkey's longtime ally Israel.
The Palestinians are preparing to submit a formal request to become the 194th member of the United Nations when the General Assembly begins its meetings on September 20, despite US and Israeli opposition.
Late on Monday, Arab foreign ministers agreed to marshal support for the Palestinian bid.

The fact that Turkey believes the Palestinians deserve to be recognized as a "state" within the boundaries of Israel is enough to know that a 2-state solution is not the answer for peace in the ME - it is a stepping stone for the Muslim nations to destroy Israel from within.  Does anyone in Washington understand the goal of the Muslim nations throughout the world?  Does anyone in Washington understand that Turkey is no longer a friend to the West, or Israel? Or, are we all idiots with blinders on and our heads in the sand?!