UN TO LAUNCH INQUIRY INTO ISRAEL'S RAID
Turkey which demanded Israel's deadly raid on Mavi Marmara, the flagship of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, be investigated by independent organs reached its goal. As a result of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's initiatives, the UN decided to set up a committee to investigate the raid.
EAST TO BE DEVELOPED WITH NORTH OF IRAQ
Massoud Barzani, the head of the regional administration in Iraq's north, met with Umit Boyner, chairwoman of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD). Boyner said, "boosting trade with this region full of several important potentials will also bring several advantages to our regional development."
TURKEY'S PEACE POLICY APPRECIATED BY BRUSSELS
Helene Flautre, co-chairperson of the Turkey-European Union (EU) Joint Parliament Committee (JPC), eulogized Turkish foreign policy in her article. Flautre said Israel's raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla was an attitude which violated the international law. Flautre said peace was impossible without a change in mood of Tel Aviv government. She said Turkish foreign policy was appreciated by Brussels.
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE PROTEST ISRAEL
Tens of thousands of people attended a rally protesting Israel's raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla in Caglayan Square in Istanbul. People chanted slogans condemning Tel Aviv government in the rally.
THOUSANDS GATHER IN PROTEST OF ISRAELI TERROR
Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul's Caglayan square to protest the Israeli raid on the international convoy bound with humanitarian aid to Gaza that killed nine activists and wounded many others. "We are dying as we remain silent" read a banner. The rally was organized by the opposition Felicity Party.
UN TO PROBE ISRAELI BARBARITY
The United Nations announced that it would set up a committee to investigate the Israeli attack on Gaza aid flotilla. The decision came after a telephone conversation between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Turkey and Israel will send one member each to the five-people committee as two members will be assigned by the UN. Former New Zealander Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer will chair the committee.
BRITISH DAILY REVEALS OF AUTOPSY REPORTS OF GAZA FLOTILLA VICTIMS
British daily The Guardian released details of autopsies of the nine victims who were killed by Israeli commandos in a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The daily said the autopsies of the victims revealed the intensity of the military force Israeli commandos used on activists. The daily said autopsy reports showed that victims were shot at least once and some five or six times with 9mm rounds. The daily said according to forensic reports among the victims, Cengiz Akyuz, Fahri Yaldiz and Ibrahim Bilgen suffered four gunshot wounds each, Furkan Dogan suffered 5 gunshot wounds, and Ali Haydar Bengi suffered six gunshot wounds.
UN TO INVESTIGATE ISRAELI MASSACRE
The United Nations will set up a committee to investigate into the Israeli massacre on Mavi Marmara, the flagship of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that came under Israeli commandos' attack in international waters. Sources said Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on the phone with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the issue. The five-member committee will be headed by New Zealand's former Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer. The committee will also include a Turkish and an Israeli member.
REPLY FROM HEBREW BIBLE
After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to the Ten Commandments of Hebrew Bible and pronounced the 6th "you should not kill", the Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu mentioned the 8th and 9th commandments. Kilicdaroglu said, "I'm calling on the premier. The 8th says you shall not steal and the 9th says you shall not lie."
GULEN'S VIEWS CONTRADICT AK PARTY
Fethullah Gulen's statements which contradicted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's harsh statements targeting Israel shocked members of the Justice and Development (AK) Party. This situation caused some questions whether Gulen would stop supporting the AK Party.
ERDOGAN MEETS SPORTSPEOPLE OVER GOVERNMENT'S DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVE
Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed senior figures from sports in Istanbul over his government's democratic drive to expand political and cultural rights. "It is not a time play around but to kick the ball swiftly and score goals," Erdogan said.
BARZANI MEETS TURKISH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION HEAD
Massoud Barzani, head of the regional administration in Iraq's north, met with Umit Boyner, chairwoman of the Turkish Industrialists's and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD). Boyner said the Turkish business circles attached great importance to northern Iraq. Barzani said they had agreed to exert efforts to boost relations.
UN SETS UP COMMITTEE UPON TURKEY'S DEMAND
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone and told him that an inquiry committee has been set up regarding Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Ban said former prime minister of New Zealand Geoffrey Palmer would be the head of the committee. One Turk, one Israeli member and two others will be in the committee, Ban said. It was established upon Turkey's demand.
8TH COMMANDMENT: "YOU SHALL NOT STEAL"
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu who is on a tour to Thrace region addressed the people in Kesan town of the northwestern province of Edirne. Kilicdaroglu recalled that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to the Ten Commandments of Hebrew Bible and pronounced the 6th that "you should not kill". Kilicdaroglu said, "prime minister knows the Hebrew Bible well. He should also know the 8th commandment that says 'you should not steal'."
FORENSIC EXPERT SAYS GAZA FLOTILLA VICTIMS SUFFERED UNPRECEDENTED WOUNDS
Head of Turkey's council of forensic medicine Haluk Ince said in chilling statement that extensive gunshot wounds that the nine victims suffered from an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla was nothing he had seen before. "I have been working as a forensic expert for twenty years but I have seen nothing like these wounds or the bullets we recovered from the bodies," Ince said. "The bullets are not nine millimeter. This is something different. I cannot describe in words you need to see them," Ince said.
ERDOGAN SPEAKS WITH UN CHIEF, COMMITTEE OVER ISRAELI RAID ON WAY
The United Nations has moved to set up a committee to investigate into a deadly Israeli raid on a flotilla bound with humanitarian aid to Gaza after telephone conversation between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. A Turkish and an Israeli representative will take part in the five-people committee.
VISA REGIME CAN BE LIBERALIZED WITH IRAQ
Massoud Barzani, head of the regional administration in the north of Iraq, gave a conference during his visit to Ankara and said that they would be glad about liberalization of visa system between Turkey and Iraq. Visa liberalization would offer new opportunities for the two countries, he said.
ARINC: "GULEN IS RIGHT"
Regarding the statement of Fethullah Gulen who said that aid organizers should have sought accord with Israel before attempting to deliver aid, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said, "Gulen made some statements and called on us to act wisely. He was absolutely right as always."