CONSEQUENCES WILL BE GRAVE
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarded the Israeli raid on the flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, as "a massacre that deserves being cursed by all means." "We can't tell Israel that it can get away with all of its acts. There are consequences for everything. The current administration has to pay for it," said Erdogan. Erdogan said they would resort to international law.
ISRAEL GETTING READY TO RELEASE 680 ACTIVISTS INCLUDING 368 TURKISH CITIZENS
Israel announced that the 680 activists taken into custody on board the Gaza flotilla including the ones from Blue Marmara would be released. The total number of those who will be released and deported is 680.
FORMER JUSTICE MINISTER UNDER CUSTODY IN ERGENEKON PROBE
Seyfi Oktay, a former justice minister, was taken under custody by police in an ongoing probe in what is dubbed in Turkey as Ergenekon, a suspected criminal network. Oktay was detained with the suspicion of trying to influence court trials of suspects in the Ergenekon probe. Labor Party Deputy Chairman Mehmet Cengiz was also taken under custody.
TOP TURKISH COURT TO REVIEW CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PACKAGE
The Constitutional Court is set to begin discussing a package of government-backed constitutional amendments as many experts say the court should not review the package on its merits. The court's rapporteur had earlier said the case, filed by the opposition Republican People's Party, should be dismissed in the first place without any holding discussion on it.
"OUR HOSTILITY IS STRONG"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech at his Justice and Development (AK) Party's group meeting in the parliament and said, "this bloody massacre by Israel on ships that were taking humanitarian aid to Gaza deserves every kind of curse." Erdogan said that today was a turning point and nothing would be the same. "Israel in no way can legitimize this murder, it cannot wash its hands of this blood," he said. Erdogan said Turkey's hostility is as strong as its friendship is valuable.
SEVEN DETAINED IN ERGENEKON PROBE
Police detained seven people including former Justice Minister Seyfi Oktay. Police raided Oktay's house in Ankara and searched it. Kamer Genc and Haluk Koc from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) visited Oktay during the police search. Workers' Party (IP) Deputy Chairman Mehmet Cengiz, Hulya Kaya and Tulay Bekar are among detainees within the scope of Ergenekon operation on Tuesday.
"NO ONE SHOULD TEST OUR PATIENCE"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "Israel in no way can legitimize this murder, it cannot wash its hands of this blood." Delivering a speech at his party's group meeting in the parliament, Erdogan said that no one should test Turkey's patience. Erdogan said Turkey's hostility is as strong as its friendship is valuable. Erdogan said today is a turning point and nothing would be same.
FORMER JUSTICE MINISTER DETAINED UNDER ERGENEKON PROBE
Former Justice Minister Seyfi Oktay was detained in Ankara in an operation against Ergenekon, a shadowy criminal network. Oktay, who served as the justice minister for four years, was detained after a search at his home. Kamer Genc, a deputy of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), said that they went too far.
WHOEVER CONDONES WILL BE ACCOMPLICES
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan who showed a strong reaction to Israel said those who condoned the bloody attack would be accomplices. Erdogan warned Israel by saying "Israel should not mistake Turkey for others. It should not make such a misjudgment, consequences will be grave," said Erdogan.
"As much as Turkey's friendship is valuable, it's hostility is strong," said Erdogan.
KILICDAROGLU WARNS: TURKEY SHOULD PUSH FOR A UN RESOLUTION
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said Turkey's broken honour should be restored through active diplomacy without being driven with provocations. Kilicdaroglu said thanks to CHP's stance Turkey was saved from being dragged into marshes of the Middle East on March 1, adding that a similar peril awaited Turkey. "It should be shown that Israel is not untouchable. Turkey should push for an UN resolution. Otherwise all remarks will be in vain," said Kilicdaroglu.
ERDOGAN SEVERELY CRITICIZES ISRAEL OVER RAID ON GAZA AID FLOTILLA
Prime Minister harshly criticized Israel for its raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed 9 people, at least four of them are Turks. "No one should dare to rival Turkey and test its patience. Turkey's hostility is as strong as its friendship is valuable. Israel must realize at once the gravity of the situation and quit making mistakes. The Israeli administration must pay for its acts. We are tired of their lies. Even bandits, pirates have some kind of a code for their conducts," Erdogan said. The Turkish premier also sought to reach out to the Israeli people: "It is damaging your country's image by conducting banditry and piracy. It is damaging interests of Israel and your peace and safety. It is the Israeli people who must stop the Israeli government in the first place."
ISRAEL TO RELEASE GAZA ACTIVISTS PRISONED AFTER RAID ON AID FLOTILLA
Israeli has said it would release all activists it captured after a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla as international pressure on the Israeli government built up and toughened. Israel is holding near 690 people from 42 different countries under custody.
"NOTHING WILL BE SAME"
After Prime Mİnister Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Turkey from Latin America, he had a meeting with several ministers and delivered a speech in his party's parliamentary group meeting. Erdogan defined Israel's raid on Gaza-bound ships carrying civilians and humanitarian aid as a bloody massacre which deserved every kind of curse. "Today is a turning point in history. Nothing will be same again," he said. Erdogan said that Israel's irresponsible attack must be punished. "We will not turn our back on Palestine, Palestinians and Gaza," Erdogan said.
NUMBER OF CHP DEPUTIES REACHES 99
Two independent parliamentarians joined the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Independent MPs Emrehan Halici and Kamer Genc became members of the CHP in the party's gathering at the parliament. Thus, the number of CHP MPs reached 99, whereas the number of independent MPs dropped to 10.
DON'T MISTAKE TURKEY FOR OTHERS, CONSEQUENCES WILL BE GRAVE
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Israel not to test Turkey's patience.
"As much as Turkey's friendship is valuable, it's hostility is strong," said Erdogan.
"Even bandits and pirates have certain sensitivities. They observe certain ethical rules. Using these adjectives for those who ignore ethical rules is a compliment."
The international community should say stop to this. The UN should not suffice with condemning the incident. No doubt, Israel's hostility stems from the power it receives from certain places.
Solely condemning the incident is not enough. We have to get some results. Turkey will act together with the international community.
Attacking innocent civilians and shedding blood with massacres is state terror. Those who think they are running a country with committing state terror are doing the greatest harm to Israeli people."
CAPTIVE TURKS ARE BEING RELEASED
Israel could not resist the ever growing public pressure and decided to release the 618 people it detained after the bloody raid, 318 of whom are Turks.
The 610 passengers were taken to the Beersheba prison. Turkey and the whole world pressured Israel for the release of the activists. Premier Erdogan said, "Israel should hand over the bodies and release the wounded and the activists at once. A negative approach aggravates the problem," said Erdogan.
Under pressure, Israel announced last night it would release all the activists with a surprising decision. The spokesperson for the Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu announced that all activists detained on board the humanitarian flotilla including the ones on Blue Marmara would immediately be released. Prime Ministry sources said they could not confirm the news yet.
PREMIER LASHES OUT AT ISRAEL OVER FLOTILLA RAID
Prime Minister directed very harsh criticisms against the Israeli government for storming a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in a predawn raid on Monday that killed nine activists and wounded many more. "No one should dare to test Turkey's patience. Otherwise, costs will be huge."
"Turkey's hostility is as strong as its friendship is valuable. Turkey is not a tribe-state or a country without roots," Erdogan told his lawmakers at the parliament. More than 20 international news channels including CNN and Al Jazeera broadcast Erdogan's speech live as Indian, Iranian and Palestinian ambassadors gave a standing ovation to the Turkish premier. Erdogan held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama over the Israeli aggression. Diplomatic sources cited Erdogan as telling Obama that Israel was about to lose its only friend in the Middle East with Obama saying that his administration paid best of its efforts to find a solution.
COURT SENTENCES FOUR TO LIFE FOR KILLING PRISONER UNDER TORTURE
A court sentenced three prison guards and a deputy warden to life behind bars in the killing of Engin Ceber under torture at Istanbul's Metris Correctional Facility. Ceber lost his life after being beaten up severely by prison guards in September 2008. Court sentenced also prison doctor to three years. Sixty suspects stood trial in the case.