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Turkey's growing hostility to Israel may have been partly caused by its effective rejection by the European Union, the US defence secretary says.
Robert Gates said Turkey may have been "pushed by some in Europe" away from the EU and into closer partnerships with states like Iran.
Turkey has been put on the path to EU membership, but countries like France and Germany are openly opposed.
Turkey's President, Abdullah Gul, said relations between the two countries would "never be the same", while Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc accused Israel of "piracy" and "barbarism and oppression".
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Turkey has also strengthened ties with Iran, firmly opposing sanctions over its nuclear programme.
Obviously, blaming the EU is the easier way out. Meddling with everything, criticizing everyone, but refusing to look into the mirror.
Originally posted by jpmail
Gotta love the blame game thats one of the biggest things that pisses me off nowadays no one is ever to blame for there own actions it's always someone elses fault.
As for Turkey not getting to be part of the E.U thats not a bad thing they have some of the worst human rights abuses
[edit on 10-6-2010 by jpmail]
Originally posted by LittleSecret
reply to post by MikeboydUS
The collective punishment of 1.5 million people is enough of a human right abuse.
Then again I though Human Rights was a Western thing ? I don't know, I just heard it that way ^^
The survey, taken before Israel's recent offensive, showed the territory has a population of 1.4 million people.