Jun 17 2010
WHOA! Congress grows a set. U.S. Lawmakers warn Turkey to back off Israel or they will pass the final resolution charging Turkey with the Armenian genocide.
Israel Today US lawmakers are getting fed up with Turkey’s continuing antagonism toward Israel, which escalated in the wake of Israel’s raid on a Gaza blockade-busting flotilla this month, during which nine Turkish citizens with ties to terrorist organizations were killed.
Turkey led the international community in condemning Israel for the raid, and has set up its own commission of inquiry into the incident. Ankara has also threatened to downgrade ties with Israel and may not return its ambassador to Tel Aviv.
A number of members of the US House of Representatives warned in interviews this week that Turkey will suffer consequences if it continues down this path.
In March of this year, a bill recognizing Turkey’s genocide against the Armenians during and after World War I passed a House committee by a single vote. But many congressmen who previously opposed calling Turkey out publicly for that past sin now say they may support the bill when it comes before the full House of Representatives in the near future.
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CNN Turkey opposes the resolution that would bring formal U.S. recognition of the 1915-1923 campaign by Turkey’s Ottoman Empire against the Armenian population of eastern Anatolia region as genocide. The resolution passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee by a single vote in March, but so far has not come up for debate by the full House. Turkey called home its U.S. ambassador to protest the House committee vote.
“There will be a cost if Turkey stays on its present heading of growing closer to Iran and more antagonistic to the state of Israel,” Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, told a news conference. “It will bear upon my view and I believe the view of many members of Congress on the state of the relationship with Turkey.” In particular, Pence, said, “They need to understand going forward there’s going to be a cost regarding the Armenian resolution.”
Rep. Peter King, R-New York, echoed Pence in saying he was reconsidering his past opposition to taking up the Armenian genocide resolution. King said he and “many” other House members believe there was an Armenian genocide, but have been reluctant to support the resolution due to the strategic U.S. relationship with Turkey. “I think that’s about to change,” King said.
Turkey also has stepped up relations with Iran, joining Brazil recently in brokering an agreement with Iran intended to head off new U.S. sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, called the actions by Turkey “disgraceful” because Turkey is a NATO ally, while Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nevada, said she would actively oppose Turkey’s bid to become part of the European Union. “They don’t deserve that recognition and they don’t deserve to be a part of the EU until they start behaving more like European nations and a whole lot less like Iran,” Berkley said.
2010 is the 95th anniversary of the ARMENIAN GENOCIDE – annihilation of 1,500.000 Armenians