Yet more indication of Turkey’s abandonment of its pro-Western secularist stance, including its alliance with Israel, and embrace of the Islamic world. More on this story. “Turkey refused Israeli request to intercept cargo vessel bound to Gaza Strip,” from KUNA, March 16 (thanks to Carl In Jerusalem):
GAZA, March 16 (KUNA) — Israel affirmed Wednesday that Turkey refused an Israeli request to intercept the “Victoria” cargo vessel which, according to Israeli sources, carried weapons being smuggled to help Palestinian activities in the Gaza Strip.
According to Maariv Israeli newspaper, Israel requested Ankara to intercept the cargo vessel, a request which Turkey flatly refused.
Israel had stopped the ship which was hoisting the Turkish and Liberian flags, indicated the newspaper, adding that the cargo consisted of weapons suspected to be shipped to Palestinian factions….