TEL AVIV SETTING UP INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE
The Israeli government which announced that it would launch an investigation into the deadly raid, will look for other ways to sustain the blockade. Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce their decision to establish an investigation committee.
IF MILITARY AGREEMENTS ARE CANCELLED, THIS MIGHT COST ISRAEL ITS EARS
The Sunday Times wrote Israel might lose its ears and eyes if things went on like this. The newspaper said Israel might shut down its intelligence centers in Turkey, including the one near the Iranian border which closely monitors Tehran.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who commented on the possibility of the cancellation of military agreements, said, "We are considering it. The fate of this issue lies with the position to be adopted by Israel"
SECRET CONNECTIONS IN JUDICIARY DECIPHERED
Telephone conversations of former Justice Minister Seyfi Oktay, who was detained within the framework of investigation Ergenekon, revealed the secret relations in judiciary. Oktay's phone conversations were tapped with a court decision. During election of Supreme Court members, Oktay gave the member list to Kadir Ozbek, the deputy chairman of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK). This meant that judges and prosecutors who wanted to become a member of the board was requesting Oktay's help. Oktay was then meeting Ozbek and lobbying for those judges and prosecutors. These people then managed to become members of the Supreme Court.
GAS AGREEMENT SIGNED WITH AZERBAIJAN, WAY FOR NABUCCO PAVED
Significant developments have occurred regarding Nabucco natural gas pipeline, which is to transport Central Asian and Caspian energy resources to Europe by-passing Russia. A historic agreement was signed in a ceremony at the Ciragan Palace on Monday, which was attended by Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and his Azerbaijani counterpart Natiq Aliyev signed the memorandum of understanding on transportation and sale of Azerbaijani natural gas to Turkey and to Europe via Turkey.
IF LAW EXISTS, NATION WILL SAY WORD
The supreme court will assess today the case filed by Republican People's Party (CHP) for the annulment of the constitutional amendment package. Legists say that the court should act in accordance with the law and dismiss the demand for annulment. They also agree that the nation should say the last word.
OPERATION COMPLETED IN SHAH DENIZ
An agreement was reached on the Shah Deniz natural gas with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who came to Istanbul to attend the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA). Moreover, three protocols were signed. According to the agreement, Turkey will get "not too cheap" but "cheap" natural gas from the Shah Deniz I zone, while gas valves at the Shah Deniz II zone will also be opened for it.
MISSILE SHIELD TENSION WITH ISRAEL
Israel, this time, reacted to I-Hawk missile defense system established in Turkey's Iskenderun town. The Israeli jets had crossed the border via Iskenderun and bombed a nuclear facility in Syria in September 2007. Last May, Turkey assembled advanced air defense system named I-Hawk in Iskenderun's Kale village, which was near its border with Syria, to prevent Israel from violating its air space. This move of Turkey concerned Israel. The missile shield restricted the capacity of Israel jets to hit Hizbullah or Syria in a possible conflict.
Debka web-site, close to Mossad, said "Turkey took Israel's two enemies under protection." The site referred to the allegations that "PKK's attack in Iskenderun might have a connection with Israel" and said, "two countries could come to the edge of a war."
TURKISH-ARAB BLOODS HAVE INTERMINGLED
Syrian President Bashar al-Asad said his country would support every decision Turkey would make. Visiting Istanbul for an Asian conference, al-Asad said Turkish and Arab bloods had intermingled, which would have an important role in the history and geography of the region, particularly after the attack on the aid convoy.
BUSY TRAFFIC ON EVE OF CICA SUMMIT
Turkey will host Tuesday the Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA). Turkey is exerting efforts to put remarks condemning Israel in the final document of the summit. But if Israel attends the summit, unanimity will not be secured and Turkey will have to suffice with a presidential statement it will make on its own.
CHILDREN WERE SENT TO DEATH INSTEAD OF MPs
In response to Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan who accused him of acting like a lawyer of Israel, Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said he was the lawyer of the people. "If he is looking for a lawyer, he should look at the one on his right hand side. He will see Arinc," said Kilicdaroglu. Kilicdaroglu who questioned why the Justice and Development (AK) Party officials did not board the ship said, "Correspondences with Israel should be promulgated. Lawmakers did not get on the ship, and children were sent to their deaths," said Kilicdaroglu.
Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc said Kilicdaroglu was outrageous. Arinc who referred to former CHP leader Deniz Baykal said, "Baykal also said he was the lawyer of certain circles with certain agendas. This cost him dearly. If Kilicdaroglu insists on this wrong impression of his, it might cost him dearly," said Arinc.
FELLOWSHIP OF NATURAL GAS...
Signatures were put down in "Shah Deniz" project which will carry the Azerbaijani natural gas to Turkey. Shah Deniz I and Shah Deniz II agreements, envisaging the transfer of the Azerbaijani gas to Turkey by Botas-Socar consortium, were signed yesterday. Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said such agreements would open the way for pipeline projects like Nabucco and ITGI.
JUNE RAIN HITS ISTANBUL
"June flood" warning was made in Turkey's west, especially in Istanbul. Primary and secondary schools were closed down due to heavy rain yesterday, while physically-impaired civil servants were given leave of absence. Rain will continue in Marmara region today.
PRESSURE FOR INVESTIGATION
Turkey, Europe and the UN are exerting pressure on Israel for an "international investigation". Although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu objects to the launching of an international inquiry, pressure continues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said studies concerning an investigation continued, while NATO said it considered the Israeli attack a serious issue.
PROPOSAL TO "BECOME A CONFESSOR"
Two prosecutors joined the interrogation of Ibrahim Firtina, former air forces commander, on February 25, 2010, within the framework of the case Balyoz (Sledgehammer). Before testifying Firtina, the prosecutors told retired general Firtina that he could make use of efficient repentance and his punishment would be reduced if he made confessions.
Firtina then said, "I have not committed a crime that requires me to make use of this provision. I do not definitely admit the accusation", and returned the proposal.
The same proposal was made to retired general Engin Alan, but not to retired general Engin Dogan, who was interrogated in the case "Balyoz".
GAS OF FRIENDSHIP
Turkey and Azerbaijan reached a compromise on natural gas bargaining that has been going on for two years. Two countries did not make public the price, however the price crisis was solved. Turkey and Russia put their historic signatures under the agreement in Istanbul on Monday. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the signing ceremony of Shah Deniz 1 and 2 agreements, that envisage transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Turkey by Botas-Socar Shah Deniz Consortium. Accordingly, the natural gas price was re-arranged retrospectively.
SUMMER RAIN CLOSES DOWN SCHOOLS
Istanbul surrendered yesterday to the heavy rain that has been effective in Marmara region for a couple of days. Numerous houses and shops, particularly at the Anatolian side of the city, were flooded, and primary & secondary schools were closed down for half a day due to heavy rain. The intensity of the rainfall was 56 kg/sqm in Istanbul's Goztepe district.
"MON CHER" CRITICISM NEXT TO AL-ASAD
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered harsh statements about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a joint press conference with Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, whom he met in Istanbul on the sidelines of a conference on cooperation in Asia. "If we will talk about any act of hatred and terror in the Mediterranean, that would be the hatred and state terror of the Israeli government," Erdogan said during the press conference.
Erdogan, who had earlier used the expression of "mon cher" for retired ambassadors, again asked the "mon cher" in Turkey to stop trying to teach him diplomacy.
ISRAEL IS MADDENING
After his meeting with Syrian President Bashar Al-Asad, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said, "If one needs to speak of hate in the Mediterranean, that is Israel's hate. Those who killed a 19-year-old innocent volunteer should not blame others for terrorism. They should look at the mirror," said Erdogan.
"We will not remain silent as long as there is blood and tear in Gaza. Time to lift the blockade in Gaza has come. Innocent people can not be imprisoned in an open air jail. Those who give consent to such a thing are committing a crime against humanity," said Erdogan.
RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL IS A MUST
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the fate of relations with Israel depended on its response to international investigations.
"If Israel abstains from the UN Committee, normalization of relations is out of the question," said Davutoglu.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 08 Haziran 2010, 08:42