Lebanon at Stake: Turkey Must Reveal Its Cards

The timing of the Turkish Prime Minister’s two-day visit to Lebanon could not be more judicious. Lebanon’s enemies have been banging the drums of war louder than ever before. All the malevolent plans hatched following the assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, are about to converge for one formidable goal: to destabilize and weaken Lebanon, disarm Hezbollah and allow Israel to return, uncontested, and wreck havoc on the tiny country, the way it remorselessly did in 1982.

The Turkish premier, Recep Tayyip Edrogan, seemed clear in his intentions during his Lebanon trip. But considering what is at stake, maybe he wasn’t clear enough.

Israel is full of “uncertainties” and it is “not definite what it will do,” he claimed, according to Turkey’s state Anatolia news agency (AA). “Does (Israel) think it can enter Lebanon with the most modern aircraft and tanks to kill women and children, and destroy schools and hospitals, and then expect us to remain silent?” he asked. “We will not be silent and we will support justice by all means available to us.”

Erdogan’s words seem decisive, but they are as decisive as the strong messages he’s conveyed earlier, including in response to the Israeli war on Gaza (2008-09). Israel is yet to heed his any of his warnings.

Lebanon needs all its friends to prevent the possible civil strife that could follow any indictment by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon of Hezbollah members over the assassination of Hariri. The tribunal is a highly politicized venture, strongly backed by the US and Israel. It is seen by many in the region, including Hezbollah itself, as a roundabout attempt to subdue the Lebanese resistance to Israel. Israel’s all-out war against Lebanon in 2006 killed and wounded thousands, and destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure. However, it failed to dismantle the resistance, but instead provided it with a moral and political boost. Incessant attempts at destabilizing the country since then have yielded meager returns, and never managed to create the political vacuum needed to rationalize an Israeli comeback.

The verdict of the tribunal might be Israel’s last card in this terrible game. Thus far, it has been a winning card. Accusing Syria and Syria-affiliated Lebanese figures of being behind the Hariri’s assassination has reaped its rewards. 14,000 Syrian soldiers were rushed outside the country only two months after the former Prime Minister’s death. Syria was labeled a foreign occupier of Lebanon by the same Western governments that supported and defended the Israeli war on Lebanon a year later. Once Syria was more or less removed from the Lebanese equation, accusations of Syrian responsibilities were dropped, and an apology by a Western-affiliated Lebanese leader was issued. Mission accomplished.

Then, the tribunal, along with Israel and its allies, moved on to another target: Hezbollah. While no group is really above suspicion, Hezbollah is still indisputably correct in accusing the tribunal of being politically motivated, with an ultimate aim at disarming the resistance. In fact, Israel has been eagerly anticipating the moment when the tribunal issues arrest warrants for Hezbollah members and is carefully calculating its response. Gulf News reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu consulted with top ministers in his cabinet on November 24 to “discuss concerns that Hezbollah could attempt a coup against the government.” An Israeli army statement issued on behalf of Chief of Staff Lt General Gabi Ashkenazi was also quoted by the Gulf News: “There is a real possibility that Hezbollah will take over Lebanon.”

It’s unclear what the Israel response will entail. In 1982, Israel acted against various resistance groups of Lebanon, demolishing the country in the process, and installing a ‘democratically-elected’ puppet government. This further contributed to Lebanon’s ongoing misery and the state of absolute chaos and civil war. In 2000, when a homegrown Lebanese resistance managed to force the Israeli army out from the south, Lebanon finally began to enjoy some prospects of stability and sovereignty. Then, on February 14, 2005, the Hariri convoy was blasted by the equivalent of 1000 kg of TNT, killing the former Prime Minister and many others. The prospect of stability vanished, and once again Lebanon fell into the abyss of dark possibilities.

In the rush to seize the moment, Israel attacked Lebanon in the summer of 2006. This proved a gross miscalculation. Israel assumed that Lebanon was ripe for the picking, but obviously it wasn’t. The resistance was steadfast, and Israel’s military move proved costly, if not utterly embarrassing. Hezbollah emerged stronger than ever.

Empowered by Israel’s military failure, Syria began to reclaim its role in the region. Iran too was emboldened. In a series of events that culminated last October, the country’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a scathing speech in south Lebanon, stating that “the world should understand that the Zionists will go.”

Lebanon is relatively unified, since most parties are aware of the grim realities that await the country should Israel succeed in its plans. Even leaders within the Middle East are becoming somewhat sincere in their efforts to offset the potential crisis. But history has showed that both the Lebanese and Arab fronts are too fractious to withstand consistent and focused outside pressures.

Now Turkey has appeared in the picture. A new and solid card, it perhaps has the power to change the rules of this painfully predictable game. Israel, in response, is trying to undermine the risk. On November 26, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Israel’s strategy to circumvent Turkey by warming up to and upgrading ties with various Balkan countries: Cyprus, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Croatia. It is just a matter of replacing financial and political losses in one place with gains in another, according to Israel’s straightforward calculations.

Turkey can prove Israel’s estimate wrong. However, promises that Turkey will no longer stand idle as children and women are killed no longer suffice. Israel seems unmoved by words, perhaps betting on Turkey’s military and economic ties to the West. If Turkey is indeed serious, it must reveal some of its cards, and send a clear message to those fanning the flames: that 2010 is not 1982; that Lebanon will no longer be testing grounds for Israel’s and US lethal weapons; that the times have changed for real. Lebanon and the Middle East are counting on Turkey, not as a wild card, but as a true and lasting friend.

Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of five books. His latest is These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons (Clarity Press). Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs, Istanbul Zaim University (IZU). Read other articles by Ramzy, or visit Ramzy's website.

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  1. shabnam said on December 2nd, 2010 at 12:12pm #

    {too many muslims just lament; avoid looking at root cause [s] and blame, blame, and blame some more. tnx }

    If you have nothing to contribute, then the least you can do is TO STOP STEALING ZIONIST RETHRIC AND POST IT HERE, OTHERWISE YOU WILL NOT BE BOMBARD WITH NOTICES.

    This is a racist and ignorant whatever…. definitely is NOT a comment.

  2. shabnam said on December 2nd, 2010 at 12:15pm #

    {too many muslims just lament; avoid looking at root cause [s] and blame, blame, and blame some more. tnx }

    If you have nothing to contribute, then the least you can do is TO STOP

    This is a racist and ignorant whatever…. definitely is NOT a comment.

  3. bozh said on December 2nd, 2010 at 12:55pm #

    this muslim just confirmed what i said: privileged muslims defending oppressors of muslims and this forever-madly-in-hate everything nonmuslim get’s personal instead saying anything that wld refute what i said.
    they never cease blaming ‘jews’, europeans, socialists, other cults, u.s.
    and always call names people!
    keep it up! defend ur own criminals: imams, ulema, amirs, beks, begs, deys, princes, kings, aghas. tnx

  4. Liberte said on December 2nd, 2010 at 1:03pm #

    There are numerous shills and agents that peruse this site aren’t there?

  5. shabnam said on December 2nd, 2010 at 2:38pm #

    {quran keep competing with one anothere which wld do more harm to noncultists or even own poorer cultists}

    It is not Quran that harms, rather your ‘exceptionalism’, zionism, racism, fascism and system of usury since 500 years ago.
    This is not a religious war. It is a war for world domination according to Protocol. Stop your nonsense at once.

  6. bozh said on December 2nd, 2010 at 6:16pm #

    true, no piece of paper harms nature, biota, animals or people. how cld dead men and an inanimate object like paper hurt or protect anyone?
    it’s the living– and particularly living amirs, lords, warlords, masters of people, rabbis, priests, imams– who cause ALL OF THE HARM AND NONE OF THE PROTECTION for serfs! tnx

  7. shabnam said on December 2nd, 2010 at 9:37pm #

    {Turkey can prove Israel’s estimate wrong. However, promises that Turkey will no longer stand idle as children and women are killed no longer suffice. ….If Turkey is indeed serious, Lebanon and the Middle East are counting on Turkey, not as a wild card, but as a true and lasting friend.}

    Good Luck Mr. Baroud. Do you really believe Tayyip Edrogan honors his rhetoric and get into fight with Israel over Lebanon? Turkey’s foreign policy is based on ‘no problem’ with neighbors and to serve US imperialism, where limits Edrogan recent gesture to nothing but empty words to advance Turkey’s main strategic goal, regarding ‘power of the region’ status against Israel.

    Israel is moving fast to create difficulties for Turkey if she dares to go beyond RETHORIC, where many believe Turkey won’t do that according to historical ties between Turkey – US – Israel. Thus, the Israeli army has moved to replace its formerly valuable military cooperation with Turkey with two Balkan countries, Greece and Romania.

    Edrogan’s main aim from this rhetoric is to capture Arab’s minds and hearts, against Iranian popularity among Arabs, to improve US position in the region and thus its own position.

    Sungur Savran:
    {The attraction Turkey offers economically to other Muslim countries is heavily indebted to its relation to the European Union. This is a relation that is very advanced due to the Customs Union agreement in effect between the EU and Turkey for the last fifteen years. There can be no doubt that a consistent defence of Palestinian rights requires full-scale confrontation with Israel and, thus, the United States. If Turkish skirmishes with Israel have so far occurred without raising the ire of the U.S. administration, that is only because the Obama administration itself is at loggerheads with the present Israeli government over the so-called peace process. However, this is probably about to change: an entire lobby, from the Zionist think-tank JINSA to the neocon establishment, has started to bombard the Obama administration for a break with Turkey.}

    He concludes:
    {Erdogan, co-chair together with prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain of the so-called Alliance of Civilisations, a product of the Bush era, in effect acts as a Trojan horse of imperialism in the Arab world.}

    On the other hand Al Arabiya, owns by Saudis royal family, has asked Arab puppets to be allied with Turkey against Iran. How is possible that ‘Arab moderate head of states’ whose policy is aligned with US/Israel can work with Turkey if Erdogan is against Israelis agression?

    Turkey voted for Israel entry into OECD in November 21, 2010, after GAZAN GENOCITE AND ATTACK ON Flotilla in the international water BY ISRAEL. This vote was against Prime Minister Salam Fayyad request who tried to block Israel’s entry.
    I agree with Mr. Baroud that Turkey should act now if is serious.

    Edrogan is trying to mobilize Arab support for Turkeyto expand her regional and international interest. The resistance camp welcomes Turkey and any other country who wants to help but the resistance against zionism should not be allowed to be used as a bargaining chips,
    like what Medvedev has done with Iran.

    Turkey has always been a close ally of both US imperialism and Israel.

  8. mary said on December 3rd, 2010 at 1:08am #

    Not too far from Lebanon, a forest fire rages in the Carmel Mountains.

    Gilad Atzmon writes:
    The Burning Bush
    Thursday, December 2, 2010

    Disaster in the North of Israel, at least 40 dead as fire rages across the Carmel Mountains. A mass evacuation has begun.

    As I am writing these lines, Israeli fire fighting crews are battling with the flames. They also express no hope of controlling the fire soon. “We lost all control of the fire,” said the Haifa fire fighting services spokesman. “There aren’t enough fire fighting resources in Israel in order to put out the fire.”

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hurried to the scene of the fire on Thursday. He requested the help of the U.S, Greece, Italy, Russia, and Cyprus to send additional forces to aid the Israeli firemen. A normal country would probably ask for the help of its neighbours, but the Jewish state doesn’t have neighbours. It made all its neighbours into enemies.

    But the story here goes far deeper. The fire in northern Israel is far from being a coincidence. Israel’s rural landscape is saturated with pine trees. These trees are totally new to the region. They were not there until the 1930’s. The pine trees were introduced to the Palestinians landscape in the early 1930s by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in an attempt to ‘reclaim the land’ . By 1935, JNF had planted 1.7 million trees over a total area of 1,750 acres. Over fifty years, the JNF planted over 260 million trees largely on confiscated Palestinian land. It did it all in a desperate attempt to hide the ruins of the ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages and their history.

    Along the years the JNF performed a crude attempt to eliminate Palestinian civilisation and their past but it also tried to make Palestine look like Europe. The Palestinian natural forest was eradicated. Similarly the olive trees were uprooted. The pine trees took their place. On the southern part of mount Carmel the Israelis named an area as ‘Little Switzerland’. I have learned tonight that Little Switzerland is burned.

    However, the facts on the ground were pretty devastating for the JNF. The pine tree didn’t adapt to the Israeli climate as much as the Israelis failed to adapt to the Middle East. According to JNF statistics, six out of every 10 saplings planted did not survive. Those few trees that did survive formed nothing but a firetrap. By the end of each Israeli summer each of the Israeli pine forests become a potential deadly zone.

    In spite of its nuclear power, its criminal army, the occupation, the Mossad and its lobbies all over the world, Israel seems to be very vulnerable. It is devastatingly alienated from the land it claims to own. Like the pine tree, Israel and the Israeli are foreign to the region.


    Tragic especially the loss of life but the alien pine trees of Zion cloak the sins and displace the native peoples and the flora and the fauna. I know that Harold Wilson (UK Labour PM in the 60s) had a pine ‘forest’ named after him for blunting Res241. I hope his trees are burning.

    The history of one of the Palestinian villages whose remains lie under the forest. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayn_Ghazal )

  9. 3bancan said on December 3rd, 2010 at 3:02am #

    “Israel and the Israeli are foreign to the region”

    I’d put it this way: Israel and the Israeli are foreign to humanity…

  10. commoner3 said on December 3rd, 2010 at 4:20am #

    Push come to shove, Turkey will not move against Israel and anything else is theatrics, posturing and bullshitting without any substance.
    There is a lot of military and economic agreements between Turkey and Israel and both of them have been cooperating together for decades.
    Also, Turkey wants to join the EU, and moving against Israel will hinder its chances.

  11. shabnam said on December 3rd, 2010 at 8:07am #

    {Lebanon needs all its friends to prevent the possible civil strife that could follow any indictment by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon of Hezbollah members over the assassination of Hariri. The tribunal is a highly politicized venture, strongly backed by the US and Israel.}

    Everyone knows the evil empire and the Judeofascists are using every avenue to destroy resistance movement in the region including Hezbollah that is aligned with Iran. The Judeofascists and US imperialist let by a petty zionist stooge who has recently strengthen her ties with the camp of Judeofacists through marriage of her daughter even further, Hillary Clinton, wants a conviction to disarm Hezbollah for the final act against Iran.
    First, they accused Syrian government for this crime, where majority of the people hold Israel responsible for Harriri assassination which matches with Israel history of many assassination in the past, to destabilize Syrian government, but it failed.
    To force Syria to submission, the Judeofascist and US brought phony witnesses forward against Syria. They brought this charge to force Syria into the Judeofasfist orbit, giving empty promises using US imperialist’s agent, Turkey, to deliver to Assad to buy him off but it failed because Israel is not giving one inch of the stolen land back. Syria understood soon enough. Turkey was humiliated, because Turkey is trying hard to pose herself as the ‘leader’ of the region who can be trusted to ‘deliver’ for the US imperialism.

    Mr. Baroud: The progressive Arab journalists have failed to see the connection between all these issues in the region.
    We know this trial is a HOAX. They are trying to use a hoax conviction to expand the division among different groups in the region. This is a hoax trial like the accusation of ICC, a whore house, against Al Bashir where issued a warrant for his arrest based on ‘genocide’ charge in Darfur where Mahmoud Mamdani based on US department data proved to be HOAX. The charge against Al Bashir intended to destabilize the country for partition and regime change according to ODID YINON STRATEGY to erect ‘greater Israel’ in the region. What did you and people like you do? Nothing.
    Sudan is set for partition under phony referendum in January of 2011 with the help of black Zionist stooge, OBAMA, and ‘progressives’ have done nothing to publicize it and stop it.

    My point is that the attack on Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and other Islamic countries is coming from the Judeofascists and their supporters to change the map of the region to able our ENEMIES to control the region and its resources to benefits ISRAEL AND WESTERN MARKET.

    So, Palestine is not the only issue in the region. All are equally important and connected to each other. Therefore, it is vital for all of us to pool our resources and stick together to the end.
    The accusation of Hezbollah is politically motivated to weaken the resistance movement. People should realize that enemy will use anything to set people against each other to weaken the resistance in the region to bring all down.
    We have to work together to destroy our enemy today. Down with Zionism and its supporters.

  12. mary said on December 3rd, 2010 at 3:25pm #

    The British Air Force, Greece, Russia and Turkey are now assisting Israel to fight this forest fire.

    Israel struggles with huge fire raging for second day
    Officials hope the blaze can be contained by Saturday

    A massive fire is raging in northern Israel for a second day, with firefighters admitting that so far they have failed to contain the blaze.

    Every available firemen in the country has been called up to tackle the forest fire near the city of Haifa.

    Specially equipped firefighting aircraft from Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and the UK are also assisting, after Israel’s desperate plea for help.


    The RAF have sent helicopters from their base in Cyprus. They did not go to Gaza’s aid when Israel was bombing and shelling it needless to say.

  13. shabnam said on December 3rd, 2010 at 3:37pm #

    Mary thank you.
    Good to know that old friends are helping each other again….
    Turkey – Israel – Russia

  14. Deadbeat said on December 3rd, 2010 at 4:11pm #

    shabnam writes …

    Turkey voted for Israel entry into OECD in November 21, 2010, after GAZAN GENOCITE AND ATTACK ON Flotilla in the international water BY ISRAEL. This vote was against Prime Minister Salam Fayyad request who tried to block Israel’s entry.

    I think this is telling. A ship flagged by Turkey is attacked by Israel in international waters and then Turkey votes for Israel’s entry into OECD. Such behavior seems contradictory to me and opens questions about Turkey’s role and intent.

  15. shabnam said on December 3rd, 2010 at 6:54pm #

    Please spread the words that Zionists and their stooges are trying to implicate Hezbollah in Hariri assassination to charge them with ‘terrorism’ which is really US and Israel’s signature, through a phony ‘tribunal’ run by bunch of criminals to destroy another Israel’s enemy, similar to what they did in Sudan against Al Bashir using a Jewish base ‘save Darfur’ to accuse him of ‘genocide’ brought through a whore house, called ICC where was proven HOAX later by Mahmoud Mamdani.

    The Tribunal was created on 30 May 2007, pursuant to UN Security Council resolution 1757, to prosecute the alleged sponsors of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination. In the political context at that time, this implied nothing more and nothing less than bringing to trial serving Presidents Bashar el-Assad of Syria and Emile Lahoud of Lebanon, not exactly favourites of the neo-conservatives. However, the charges were not pursued since they were based on flimsy evidence planted by false witnesses. With no accused left, the Tribunal could easily have disappeared in the meanders of bureaucracy were it not for a turn of events that catapulted it back into the epicenter of the turbulent Middle East political scene.

    On 23 May 2009, Atlanticist journalist Erick Follath disclosed on Der Spiegel Online that the prosecutor was poised to indict new suspects: certain Hezbollah military leaders. For the past 18 months, Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary-general, has been proclaiming his party’s innocence. He maintains that the real aim of the proceedings is to decapitate the Resistance and clear the region for the Israeli army. For its part, the U.S. administration in a sudden surge of righteousness pledged that no one would be allowed to shun international Justice.


    Every one must talk and write about this biased ‘tribunal’ where has nothing in mind but bringing more war and destruction to our region.
    Expose the phony tribunal and its vicious goal, which is more war to benefit the apartheid state defeated by HIZBULLAH.

    WHY IS ISRAEL NOT A SUSPECT? Majority of people in the region and beyond believe that MOSSAD IS BEHIND HARRIRI’S ASSASSINATION.

  16. shabnam said on December 3rd, 2010 at 7:35pm #

    Many believe that Mossad and MI6 was behind the latest assassination of the Iranian scientist in Tehran. Mossad has been caught red handed in connection with many assassinations including the Egyptian nuclear scientist in Paris in 1982.

    UN MUST SET A TRIBUNAL TO SHOW THAT MOSSAD WAS NOT INVOVED IN THE ASSASSINATION of the Iranian scientist, otherwise people continue to hold Mossad responsible for this murder. Why UN is impotent in many assassinations which have carried out by MOSSAD.

    UN is a puppet of the Evil Empire and has no credibility.

    The Iranian scientist was targeted by a bomb attached to his automobile by unknown terrorists on a moving motorcycle as he was on his way to Shahid Beheshti University, where he was a professor.

    Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry has pointed to a possible connection between recent remarks of a senior official of the British intelligence agency (MI6) on Iran’s nuclear program and the new position of the European Parliament in attempting to remove an anti-Iran terrorist group from an international black list.

    On October 28, MI6 Director John Sawers expressed concerns about Iran’s civilian nuclear program and called for the need to engage in CLANDESTINE efforts to challenge and halt Iranian nuclear progress.

  17. shabnam said on December 4th, 2010 at 4:35pm #

    Edrogan have just said as long as Israel does not accept our demands, then there will be no normal relations. Edrogan has forgotten about Gaza and has modified Turkey’s conditions to continue their relations as usual:
    1- Apologize
    2- Give compensation to the victim families

    How about Gaza Blockade? How about the killing of Palestinians on a daily basis? What happens to expansion of illegal ‘Jewish’ settlements against international law?
    What happens to illegal demolition of houses in the East Jerusalem?

    I guess when Edrogan voted for an apartheid state that commits genocide and he ignored it and a few months later he votet for the entry of an apartheid state into OECD, then it shows he cannot be TRUSTED.
    He is using relying on Arab’s hearts and minds to expand his own agenda to secure ‘ ‘the power of the region’ status for Turkey carrying out the Imperialist dirty work, directing Arab population into the Evil Empire’s orbit to expand US interest in the region.

    Mr. Baroud: Are you still think Edrogan cannot stay silent if Israel attack Lebanon? The phony UN “Special Tribunal” is considered a war against Lebanon by majority of Lebnese people.

  18. jayn0t said on December 4th, 2010 at 6:43pm #

    Here’s my 2c on leftist illusions in the Turkish government: http://pacificaforum.org/posts/190

  19. shabnam said on December 6th, 2010 at 12:17pm #

    For ignorant Arabs who think Edrogan government is their friend and will not be silent if Israel attacks Lebanon.

    Turkish and Israeli diplomats met in Geneva on Sunday, and discussed repairing relations between the two countries cooled since after Israeli military raid on the Gaza flotilla last May, Ha’aretz said.


    {Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary, Feredin Sinirlioglu, and Israeli diplomat, Joseph Ciechanover, met in an attempt to draft an agreement between the two nations. The meeting comes after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu called his Turkish counterpart Erdogan thanking him for offering help in the wake of the recent forest blaze in northern Israel.

    Nevertheless, Erdogan clarified that the firefighting aid is merely humanitarian and that Turkey still expects a full apology and compensation in connection with the May 31 flotilla assault by Israeli commandos in which nine Turkish activists killed.}

    Wha has happened, Mr. Edrogan, to your EMPTY DEMANDS THAT GAZA BLOCKAE BE REMOVED?
    Turkish government, as a US Trojan horse in the Arab world, is seeking Turkish interest is eager to act as US agent to gain concession as ‘the power of the region’ with US assistant.
    The Arabs must know Edrogan is not going to stand with them against Israel or US.
    Mr. Baroud get real now, please.

  20. hayate said on December 6th, 2010 at 10:15pm #

    shabnam said on December 6th, 2010 at 12:17pm

    Well, well, well, more anti Erdo?an propaganda from the israeli peanut gallery. The poor guy, he criticises the sacred criminal syndicate and every israeli pkk supporter spams the web with the evils of Erdo?an.

  21. shabnam said on December 7th, 2010 at 7:38am #

    {Well, well, well, more anti Erdo?an propaganda from the israeli peanut gallery.}

    You are suspicious. You must show the readers that your lies are true, otherwise shut up and get lost. I have always written against the Kurdish terrorists. You are nothing but an imposter…..

  22. mary said on December 12th, 2010 at 12:52pm #

    This is beyond all words when compared to the total absence of any help for the Palestinians when they were being massacred in Gaza two years ago and none either for the aid workers on the Mavi Marmara and the Dignity who were attacked, killed and injured by the Israelis. There was not even condemnation from most of those countries listed here. To Abbas’s eternal shame he sent his countrymen to fight fires on land that belonged to their forefathers and where Palestinian villages are buried.

    Summary of assistance sent to Israel to deal with the fire (Mount Carmel,Haifa)

    Azerbaijan – 2 helicopters
    Bulgaria – 1 plane and 92 firefighters
    Croatia – 1 plane
    Cyprus – 1 plane and 1 helicopter
    Egypt – fire repression materials
    France – 5 planes and fire repression materials
    Germany – 1 plane, 7 experts in firefighting and fire repression materials
    Greece – 7 planes, 34 firefighters and fire repression materials
    Holland – 5 experts in firefighting
    Italy – 1 plane and fire repression materials
    Jordan – 3 truckloads of firefighting equipment and materials
    Palestinian Authority – 21 firefighters and 3 fire engines
    Russia – 3 planes and 22 experts in firefighting
    Spain – 5 planes
    Switzerland – 1 plane, 3 helicopters and a team of 14
    Turkey – 2 planes
    UK – 2 helicopters
    US – 5 planes, 11 experts in firefighting and fire repression materials