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Monday, June 7, 2010

Guess Who Is Also Worried by Erdogan? The Palestinian Authority

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, a person suffering from extreme bouts of narcissism, is currently basking in the attention being showered upon him in the wake of the Gaza flotilla. And not to be outdone by Turkey, Iran's Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, who are the primary suppliers of armaments to Hamas, are now also planning to send "aid" by sea.

Who is worried by this attempt to glorify Hamas and facilitate free shipment of goods, including missiles, into the Gaza Strip? The Palestinian Authority. As reported today by Khaled Abu Toameh for the Jerusalem Post:

"The Palestinian Authority is concerned about Turkey’s increased support for Hamas, a PA official in Ramallah said on Monday.

The official said that the PA leadership was “unhappy” with Turkey’s policy toward Hamas, especially with regard to pressure to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip unconditionally.

'Turkey’s policy is emboldening Hamas and undermining the Palestinian Authority,' the official told The Jerusalem Post.

'Of course we want to see the blockade lifted, but Hamas must also end its coup in the Gaza Strip and accept an Egyptian proposal for achieving reconciliation with Fatah.'

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The PA is also concerned the reopening of the Rafah border crossing to Sinai would enable Hamas to tighten its grip on the Strip.

'We wish to remind the Turkish and Egyptian governments that the border crossing was controlled by the Palestinian Authority before Hamas launched its coup in 2007,” the official added. “If the Rafah border crossing is going to be reopened, that should be done in coordination with us and not with Hamas.'

Azzam al-Ahmed, a top Fatah official in the West Bank, was quoted over the weekend as saying that he was opposed to the lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip until Hamas agreed to end the dispute with his faction.

Ahmed stressed that there was no humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip because the PA government was sending aid through Israeli border crossings."

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who visited Istanbul on Monday, was said to have relayed to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan his concern over the rapprochement between Turkey and Hamas, the official revealed."

Even more worrisome is the seeming indifference of the Obama administration to these developments. At issue is the erosion of the coalition of pro-American Arab nations with a resultant heightened risk of war. The Obama administration is not doing anything to rein in Erdogan, while it allows Ahmadinejad to pursue his nuclear program. As a consequence, U.S. credibility in the Arab world, which has no love for Turks or Persians, is at an all-time low.

Yet another instance of Obama fiddling while the world burns.

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