March 22nd, 2013
12:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama gets diplomatic coup before heading to Jordan

Jerusalem (CNN) - President Barack Obama arrived in Jordan on Friday after scoring a diplomatic coup just before leaving Israel when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned his Turkish counterpart to apologize for the Israeli commando raid in 2010 that killed eight Turks and an American of Turkish origin in a Gaza-bound flotilla.

The apology, long sought by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, could help restore normal relations between Turkey and Israel, two vital U.S. allies in the Middle East.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    While that might have been a political coup, it doesn't change the facts.......the Turks shouldn't have made the confrontation, in the FIRST PLACE!

    March 22, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I think PM Netanyahu is trying to hitch a ride on Pres. Obama's coattails. Obama has had a *much* higher approval rating in Israel than Netanyahu, going back almost since when he was sworn in back in 2009. This may anger some of the hard liners, but I think the vast majority of Israelis would approve of an apology. That ship wasn't carrying anything that could have been considered prohibited. The Israelis shot first, and asked questions later.

    March 22, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    While that might have been a political coup, it doesn't change the facts.......the Turks shouldn't have made the confrontation, in the FIRST PLACE!
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    What are you talking about? A historical re-write? The Turks said they had humanitarian aid. The Israelis didn't believe it, so they started shooting before they even boarded the vessel and found ... ... ... [TAA DAA] humanitarian aid.

    March 22, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    Let the hatred begin.........

    On a slightly different note, I was watching the news this morning and there was a story about President Obama being heckled in Israel. You just have to love his sense of humor. When he noticed the heckling, he said, " it's alright guys, we paid them to do that." He also said the heckling made him feel right at home!
    Our POTUS has a helluva sense of humor!! I just love that man!

    March 22, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    Great job Mr. President.

    March 22, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "While that might have been a political coup, it doesn't change the facts.......the Turks shouldn't have made the confrontation, in the FIRST PLACE!
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    What are you talking about? A historical re-write? The Turks said they had humanitarian aid. The Israelis didn't believe it, so they started shooting before they even boarded the vessel and found ... ... ... [TAA DAA] humanitarian aid."

    It's like talking to someone from another dimension, eh Rudy? The need to bash Obama and defend Israel was so ingrained and programmed into him by the GOP/Teatrolls/neocons, that he just had to invent something about this story, no matter how contrary to reality his fabrication was, that would allow him to bash Obama and claim Israel didn't need to apologize. It's really quite remarkable when you actually get to see that kind of pathology on display.

    March 22, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "What foiled the conservative dream ticket?"

    Was that pun intended? Because I'm pretty sure it was the tinfoil hats...

    March 22, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Proud of you, Mr. President.

    March 22, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Rick McDaniel

    While that might have been a political coup, it doesn't change the facts.......the Turks shouldn't have made the confrontation, in the FIRST PLACE!
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    What are you talking about? A historical re-write? The Turks said they had humanitarian aid. The Israelis didn't believe it, so they started shooting before they even boarded the vessel and found ... ... ... [TAA DAA] humanitarian aid.

    @Rudy - Really? They knew that this so called aid was going to be turned back. It was an act of provocation. The Hamas run territory could have stopped firing rockets into Israel and pressed for peace. Oh, I'm sorry Hamas doesn't believe that Israel should exist.

    March 22, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Name lynn

    the media is hateing on obama an, they dont have nothing on obama now the media is saying things thats obama no nothing about.

    March 22, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Rick McDaniel

    While that might have been a political coup, it doesn't change the facts.......the Turks shouldn't have made the confrontation, in the FIRST PLACE!
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    What are you talking about? A historical re-write? The Turks said they had humanitarian aid. The Israelis didn't believe it, so they started shooting before they even boarded the vessel and found ... ... ... [TAA DAA] humanitarian aid.

    @Rudy – Really? They knew that this so called aid was going to be turned back. It was an act of provocation. The Hamas run territory could have stopped firing rockets into Israel and pressed for peace. Oh, I'm sorry Hamas doesn't believe that Israel should exist.
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    So, if they knew it was humanitarian aid, why was the ship boarded in a deliberatoely hostile act? It was not arms that were being sent, it was HUMANITARIAN AID from the one secular Islamic country in the region, and a NATO ally of the US. Learn a little international politics before jumping to conclusions.

    March 22, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -Sniffit

    "What foiled the conservative dream ticket?"

    Was that pun intended? Because I'm pretty sure it was the tinfoil hats...
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    No, it was Ricky secretly wanting to be Pope. Too bad he screwed that one up as well.

    March 22, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So very, very proud of our President Barack Hussein Obama.
    Nicely done sir!

    March 22, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    S.B. Stein wrote:

    @Rudy – Really? They knew that this so called aid was going to be turned back. It was an act of provocation. The Hamas run territory could have stopped firing rockets into Israel and pressed for peace. Oh, I'm sorry Hamas doesn't believe that Israel should exist.
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    I'm sorry, but the Israelis commited the ultimate act of disgrace. They shot first, and asked questions later. Instead of inspecting the cargo, they simply shot it up along with some of the crew members.

    March 22, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    Good one Sniffit!
    Too funny..... Newt and Santorum fighting over who gets to be the"Top".

    March 22, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit

    "What foiled the conservative dream ticket?"

    Was that pun intended? Because I'm pretty sure it was the tinfoil hats...
    -------------------------------------------------
    ...They're too tight! They're on too tiiiiiiiiight!!
    Bwahahahahahaha!
    Good one Sniffit!

    March 22, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. P G Williams

    "My sheep hear my voice...and they follow Me...I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish" -
    (John 10: 27-28)

    March 22, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. rs

    Sniffit

    "While that might have been a political coup, it doesn't change the facts.......the Turks shouldn't have made the confrontation, in the FIRST PLACE!
    --
    What are you talking about? A historical re-write? The Turks said they had humanitarian aid. The Israelis didn't believe it, so they started shooting before they even boarded the vessel and found ... ... ... [TAA DAA] humanitarian aid."

    It's like talking to someone from another dimension, eh Rudy? The need to bash Obama and defend Israel was so ingrained and programmed into him by the GOP/Teatrolls/neocons, that he just had to invent something about this story, no matter how contrary to reality his fabrication was, that would allow him to bash Obama and claim Israel didn't need to apologize. It's really quite remarkable when you actually get to see that kind of pathology on display.
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    This is a prime example of the "post-policy" GOP in action. Fact simply don't matter anymore. How does one work with a party that doesn't recognise reality?

    March 22, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. DumbasRocks [R]s

    You'd think that even a self-styled conservative low-life would have some remnant of self-awareness that would allow him to be too embarrassed to make excuses for those who murder innocents in the act of doing nothing more than providing relief for the sufferings of others. You'd think that,.....but then you wouldn't be thinking of anyone who suckles at this country's rightwing underbelly.

    Must be a very proud day for you [R]s.

    March 22, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is a prime example of the "post-policy" GOP in action. Fact simply don't matter anymore. How does one work with a party that doesn't recognise reality
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    One turns to the voters and does everyting possible to bring their behaviour to the light of day so that said voters can unceremoniously vote them the hell out of office!
    That's how.
    Let your vote be your voice.
    Let yoru vote save our country.

    March 22, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. republican tony

    Mr President sir you are a breath of fresh air to this world.

    March 22, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    This is a prime example of the "post-policy" GOP in action. Fact simply don't matter anymore. How does one work with a party that doesn't recognise reality?
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    As evidenced this past 4 years ... one doesn't. We offer them up their just dessert and simply vote them out. I really don't think the GOP has yet to understand the anger directed at them. It reminds me of the Terry Schiavo days when they kept patting themselves of the back as they tried to convince us we agreed with them when quite obviously we didn't. Santorum and Company still haven't quite gotten the point that we didn't then, and don't now.

    March 22, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. 2012liberal

    Obama has done a grt job! Did a grt job going 2 the ppl! If west bank goes so goes gaza.

    March 22, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. freedom

    I wish Netenyahu was our president.

    March 22, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. kayla

    the lion of the tribe of judah, the more they him, the higher he soars

    March 22, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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