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Maariv and Yediot: Erdogan landed military planes in Israel, forced its hand on flotilla detainees

UPDATE 01:30PM – Haaretz reports that Turkish Airlines planes are now flying Turkish nationals out of Ben Gurion airport. It would appear then that the Turkish military planes flew only the injured out overnight, a point of fact the Maariv report confuses.

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This appears to be an extraordinary story, from this morning’s Yediot (June 2 2010, full translated text below, Hebrew original here and at bottom of post):

Yesterday, the Turkish authorities demanded that Israel release all 350 of the Turkish citizens who were among the 600 foreign detainees.  For this purpose, the Turks sent three military planes to Israel and demanded to be given all the injured and detained persons and the bodies of those who were killed.

Eli Bardenstein and Amir Buhbut expand in Maariv (Hebrew original here and at bottom of post):

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has managed to really frighten Israel. Yesterday evening Israel announced that it would deport all the Turkish flotilla detainees, including those suspected of participating in the lynch of the IDF commandos.

Through his Foreign Minister, Erdogan transmatted a message to Israel in two stages: first, he demanded that all the wounded, along with those that did not participate in the attack on the soldiers, be deported immediately; later he demanded that all the hundreds of Turkish civilians held in Beersheva — about 350 — be repatriated immediately. He even sent for this purpose two military ambulance planes and threatened that if his demand was not met, it would be impossible to repair relations between the two countries.

For over three hours, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Ministers of the Security-Diplomatic cabinet  discussed the issue. Ministers Yitzhak Aharonivitch, Yaakov Neeman and Benny Begin were against the release; Ministers Ehud Barak, Eli Yishai and Avigdor Lieberman were for it; in the end Netanyahu decided — all would be released, or deported. The result would be the same: None would be prosecuted.

The deportation was already beginning, as buses transported the Turks to Ben Gurion Airport. The minute a plane filled-up, it took off.

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Flotilla detainees to be expelled

Itamar Eichner and Alex Fishman, Yediot, June 2 2010 [page 6; Hebrew original here and at bottom of post]

At the end of a security cabinet discussion and following a firm Turkish ultimatum, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided to instruct that the 600 foreign nationals who were arrested on board the flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip be expelled from Israel.

Yesterday, the Turkish authorities demanded that Israel release all 350 of the Turkish citizens who were among the 600 foreign detainees.  For this purpose, the Turks sent three military planes to Israel and demanded to be given all the injured and detained persons and the bodies of those who were killed.  In the security cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman recommended to immediately expel all the detainees from Israel.  Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman expressed reservations, saying that legal action should be taken against the rioters.  Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein made it clear in the meeting that the security cabinet did not have the legal authority to order such an expulsion.  However, the attorney general said that the security cabinet could recommend the expulsion of everyone, except for those who were arrested and suspected of belonging to terror organizations.  He added in the discussion that if the cabinet were to recommend that he release the detainees for reasons of national interests, this could be considered favorably.

In the meeting, the decision on the matter was postponed until today, but in light of the great international pressure, particularly on the part of friendly countries such as France, Italy, Germany and the US, Netanyahu held another consultation, in which it was decided that there was no point in waiting with the decision to expel [the detainees].  “Following the security cabinet discussion, the prime minister consulted with the defense minister, the justice minister and Interior Minister Eli Yishai,” stated the Prime Minister’s Bureau, “and it was agreed that the detainees would be expelled immediately, subject to the legal proceedings required by law.”  Last night already, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich instructed the Prisons Service commissioner to start the expulsion.  Two hundred and fifty Turkish detainees and three bodies that were identified from the nine fatalities were supposed to be handed over last night to the Turkish representatives who arrived in Israel.

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  1. Mohammed
    June 4, 2010 at 23:22

    I am some one who is just watching the developments all over the world from different aspects (social, political, and economy). And I noted that Turkey or Torkia in Arabic is a country who is running in the path of Heroes so far. A country built with growing economy which is the key entry to be in the name of Allah a new leader of the region or maybe the world.

    But while you are struggling to reach this target, I noted there a lot of parties who is not happy that you are playing this role in the region. You are a big neighbor on higher floor with big land reaches the left eastern building and touches the western apartment from right side, large amount of individuals who occupying this floor and very equipped, educated and has a history of victories. As well as, you are a powerful player in all stages. Thus, I found that Israel was the first one who felt and knew what is going on the top floor while others maybe sleeping or drugged. Those people they know what they want and they do not want to find any competitors especially when this neighbor calls for means that has been buried long time ago such as releasing Jerusalem, supporting rights of others, and trying to build good relations with other close neighbors. A reminder of all above facts, this country is a Moslem country calls to be united with other Moslem brothers. Imagine, that you get bigger, who can talk to you later.

    So, Israel and their alliances who are not happy with you, will try to destroy your apartment on the top floor, please watch for your kids and let them teach others how to respect their past, dignity, and protect the land. Other wise, they already started their cold war with you. Beginning by economy, when I read their attack on your shipment to Gaza, it is a sign to you to know they won’t let you play this role of being the Leader. You will see a lot of scenarios in the future, when they attack your boat which is raising the Turkish Flag, carrying Turkish Money, and Turkish Manpower, that means they are sending a message of attacking the components of the economist structure which is Land, Capital, and Human peen. I pray to Allah, that you can stay strong and get stronger, you have a lot to face but I am sure you can handle it.

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