"PALESTINE IS OUR HISTORICAL CAUSE"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized those who said that Gaza was not a national cause for Turkey. "Jerusalem is the center of three faiths. We have some historical responsibilities. We cannot turn a blind eye to brutality in Gaza and Jerusalem," he said at a rally in the northwestern province of Bursa.
"ERDOGAN WAITS FOR AN APOLOGY"
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, an Israeli official speaking on condition of anonymity said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan could cut off diplomatic ties with Israel if Israel failed to make an official apology for the deadly raid on aid flotilla.
ISRAEL MUST FACE UP TO POLITICAL AND LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF ITS CRIMES, IHSANOGLU
The Organization of the Islamic Conference's (OIC) Executive Board convened in Jeddah on Sunday after Israel attacked ships carrying aid materials to Gaza last week. The OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said that Israel, a country that killed nine people on the aid ships last week, must face up to the political and legal consequences of its crimes.
WE ARE PLEASED TO SEE TURKISH BUSINESSPEOPLE IN RE-CONSTRUCTION OF IRAQ, ERDOGAN
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in north-western province of Bursa on Sunday to inaugurate new facilities of Borusan Holding at the Gemlik sea port. Speaking at the ceremony, Erdogan said that Turkey was happy to host the Iraqi vice-president in Bursa. "As Turkey, we pay high attention to the territorial integrity of Iraq. We are pleased to see Turkish businesspeople in the re-building of Iraq," Erdogan said.
AGREEMENTS WILL BE TERMINATED
Justice & Development (AK) Party Deputy Chairman Omer Celik announced the road map of the government regarding Israel: In short term, military agreements and other connections with Israel will be cancelled. Turkey will use its legal rights to the full extent.
THEY ESCAPE FROM COMMISSION
Israel stated it would not join the UN commission which will be set up to investigate the massacre in Mavi Marmara ship (carrying aid to Gaza and raided by Israeli soldiers). The Israeli prime minister rejected the UN secretary general's proposal to establish a joint investigation commission by saying, "it does not fit our national interests." Also an Israeli official said that they would not apologize to Turkey.
"IF JERUSALEM CRIES, ISTANBUL CRIES TOO"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a rally in the northwestern province of Bursa that they wanted establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Eastern Jerusalem as its capital. "We are the members of the same civilization. If Jerusalem cries, Istanbul cries too," he said.
EYES ON ERDOGAN FOR ISRAELI SOLDIER
After Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that if Hamas allowed Red Cross officials to visit Gilad Schalit, an Israeli soldier held captive for four years, they could open border with Gaza, eyes turned on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He could take action for release of the Israeli soldier.
136 MILLION MOBILE PHONES IN 16 YEARS
Around 8 million mobile phones get trashed in Turkey after getting outdated every year. In the past 16 years, approximately 136 million mobile phones have been trashed in Turkey after getting outdated. There are around 66 million mobile phone users in Turkey.
JOBS FOR 850 PEOPLE FROM BORUSAN
Turkey's Borusan Group is preparing to put into service its investments in logistics, steel and energy sectors, investments worth around 450 million USD. With these new investments, Borusan will provide jobs to around 850 people.
ARINC: HEARTS SAY "HIT"
Regarding Israeli attack on Gaza-bound aid ships, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said, "many people may want us to hit, destroy and punish Israel. My heart supports it too. However, there are some world facts..."
RAIN TO GO ON
Summer rain will continue to be seen all across Turkey. Temperatures, which dropped a few degrees due to rain, will begin to increase again in the middle of the week.
NO APOLOGY FROM ISRAEL
Israel rejected Turkey's demand of apology as well as an independent investigation. Haaretz newspaper, quoting an official from Israeli Foreign Ministry, wrote that Israel would not apologize to Turkey. The official said, "apology can be used as an excuse for cutting of diplomatic relations." Israel also rejected UN's proposal to set up an international investigation commission.
ISRAEL'S INTERROGATION TENT
One of eight translators of Turkish origin who were in attendance during interrogation of Turkish activists at Ashdod Port said that they were briefed prior to the questioning to stay calm since the United Nations was watching the process. "Two giant tents were erected at the port. The handcuffed activists were taken to the first tent. There were 18 desks inside the tent. Eight of them were assigned for interrogation of Turks. United Nations officials watched the interrogation which lasted for about 18 hours. After the interrogation, they were taken to the second tent which was prepared as a health clinic," he said.
FLAMINGOES BACK IN DUDEN
The Lake Duden in the central province of Konya, the habitat of nearly 175 bird species, has returned to its old days after facing a serious threat of drying up. Flamingoes, which did not come to the lake for the last two years, began returning to the Duden.
ERDOGAN WILL ARRIVE, IS THAT TRUE?
Reporter Murat Sabuncu from Milliyet visited the "open-air prison", Gaza. He wrote: after waiting for three days in Egypt, I finally reached Gaza. Every person, who learned that I am coming from Turkey, is asking about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. I began my Gaza trip from 'aid tunnels' of which one end reaches Egypt. There are tens of tunnels like this. You feel bored when when you look down to quite narrow tunnels, however, assistance to Gaza is reaching through these tunnels. People are often asking me "we heard Erdogan would come here, is that true?". Another question is "are new ships going to come?" People barely find food, but there is a serious problem in three things. First one is potable water, second one is buildings. There is nearly no sound building after Israeli air attacks and the destruction in 2007. And probably the most important problem is that there is no medicine. People in Gaza need every type of medicine. Especially, the cancer medicine.
ISRAEL IS WATCHING IRAN FROM TURKEY
British Sunday Times --based on reports which were prepared for Israeli Defense Ministry-- wrote that Turkey might shut down Israeli intelligence station which is situated near Turkey's border with Iran following the Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid ships (killing nine people on board, eight Turkish citizens and an American of Turkish descent). An Israeli source said, "if such a thing happens, Israel will lose its ear and nose which hears and smells Iran."
NOTHING WILL BE SAME AS IN PAST, DAVUTOGLU SAYS
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that, after Israel's attack on ships carrying aid materials to Gaza last week, nothing would be same as in the past. Speaking at an Executive Board meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Davutoglu said that "no state could be above laws". "Israel must be held accountable for its attack on the aid ships. For the first time in the history of the Republic of Turkey, Turkish citizens have been killed by troops of an other country. Turkey is determined to take all necessary international steps so that Israel is held responsible for the attack on aid ships," Davutoglu said.
THREE-STAGE PLAN OF TURKISH GENERAL STAFF AGAINST ISRAEL
Turkish General Staff has prepared a three-stage plan against Israel after this country killed nine Turkish citizens in a raid on ships carrying aid materials for Gaza last week. Accordingly, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will cancel military exercises, postpone defense industry projects and re-evaluate military agreements with Israel.