Recep Erdogan - the Antichrist?


It seems that the nations and their leaders are like actors on a world stage, that are guided by "the Plan" toward an inevitable and unstoppable conclusion. In this message, we continue to investigate Turkey and specifically it's Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan (pronounced ERR-doh-ahn). First, an introduction from Time:

Exclusive: TIME Meets Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Time Magazine, September 26, 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the international statesman of the moment. Greeted as a rock star in Egypt and other countries transformed by the Arab Spring, the Turkish Premier looms like a colossus over the Middle East. In recent weeks, he has been one of the most vocal world leaders to back the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations. Popular at home, Erdogan has held his position since 2003, and was recently re-elected to a new term. All the while, both Turkey's economy and geopolitical footprint have been growing noticeably.

From his official Website, we learn that Turkey has become the world's fastest growing economy, and plans to be among the top 10 economies in the world by 2023:

Through Recep Erdogan, Turkey has been perceived as a neutral power, a democracy with basically a secular government. Recep has positioned Turkey as a partner in peace with the United States and Israel.

Note from our previous messages that with fiscal and political union, we see the current European Union as the beginnings of the imperial power of a revived Roman Empire. The geographical area of Turkey was an integral part of the original Roman Empire.

Now, we will look beyond the hype of Turkey and it's popular leader. These are some eye opening articles into what is really happening behind the scenes:

Turkey aims for the bomb, slips from America's grasp
Richard Cottrell, December 20, 2011

Six months ago, hardly anyone in the US or on the European continent had the faintest clue as to who the Prime Minister of Turkey actually was.

Then, suddenly there he is, glaring from the newsstands around the world. Only the Photoshopped horns sticking out from his forehead were missing.

How did he rise so fast in both the popularity and boogeyman stakes?

The answer lies within a single event, the so called Marmara incident in international waters off the coast of the Gaza Strip. Circle the following date in your memory vaults, because it is likely to carry portentous significance in forthcoming events in the Middle East.

May 31st, 2010.

On that day Israeli commandos seized a six-vessel aid flotilla heading for the embattled Gaza enclave, a gulag hunk of Palestine virtually sealed off by the Israelis with the tacit support of Washington. The armada had set off from Turkey.

In the ensuing struggle eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American aboard the MV Mavi Marmara were shot and killed by the boarding party.

Turkey's demands for an apology from Israel received the response to be expected in the circumstances: zero.

Erdogan, who is unquestionably the dominant power figure of the Ankara regime, then took a step that was received with rapture throughout the Arab-Islamic world.

He effectively severed relations with Israel, ending a long standing - if frequently uneasy - pact between the Jewish state and the largest Islamic power in the region, dating from Turkish membership of NATO in 1952.

So May 31st, 2010 marked the emergence (as I have written before at End the Lie) of the New Ottomans.

From the perspective of Ankara, the Mamara incident was a fortuitous excuse to hasten the New Ottoman campaign of recovering the Middle East. Erdogan was transformed to a political rock star, playing to packed houses in Islamic communities around the world.

Erdogan's leadership is so powerful that even the slightest rumor concerning his health leads to serious consequences."

Much the same was said in their times of General Francesco Franco, of Benito Mussolini, of Vladimir Stalin... and yes, Adolf Hitler. It is true that 'power' is the word that perfectly encapsulates the Erdogan personality. Unlike the parade of dictators consigned to history, he is one of those rare creatures who instinctively understand how to marry a cause to the popular will.

What Turkey has undoubtedly experienced in the last ten years is nothing short of a revolution.

For the first time since Atatürk, the mosque is again an essential and recognized element of the national life. The famous 'headscarf spring' saw the sweeping away of restrictions on veiled students in the universities. The Islamists have been quietly reigning in the consumption of alcohol. The High Command have suffered their first reverse since Atatürk died.

Yet Istanbul remains fantastic Istancool to the eyes of the world.

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Erdogan resurrects debates of Islamization
Al Arabiya News, February 9, 2012

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comment that his government wants to "raise a religious youth" has touched a nerve in society, fuelling debates over an alleged "hidden agenda" to Islamize secular Turkey.

"We want to raise a religious youth," said Erdogan, himself a graduate of a clerical school and the leader of the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), during a parliamentary address last week.

"Do you expect the conservative democrat AK Party to raise an atheist generation? That might be your business, your mission, but not ours. We will raise a conservative and democratic generation embracing the nation's values and principles," he added.

Erdogan's remarks drew strong criticism from the staunchly secular Republican People's Party (CHP) founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, with its leader calling him a "religion-monger."

"It is a sin to garner votes over religion. You are not religious but a religion-monger," said Kemal Kilicdaroglu, accusing Erdogan of polarizing the country by touching its faultlines.

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Don't cross Ankara
The Economist, January 11, 2012

WHEN Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's Justice and Development (AK) party took office in Turkey in 2002, many feared that it had an Islamic agenda for the country. But today a bigger fear is over what many see as a creeping authoritarianism. Mr Erdo?an has justly asserted civilian rule over an army that had toppled four of his predecessors since 1960. But some believe the government has used the fear of coups to justify harassment of legitimate opposition, including the persecution of journalists. The long-running "Ergenekon" investigation into an alleged coup plot has netted hundreds of arrests but not a single conviction.

On January 10th the Council of Europe, a human-rights watchdog, released a report describing "long-standing, systemic shortcomings in the administration of justice" in Turkey. The government insists that the independent judicial system is just doing its job. But as Turkey flexes its regional muscles and continues its membership talks with the European Union, it can expect scrutiny of its attitude to criticism to grow.

Note that a report in 2011 found that there were more imprisoned journalists in Turkey than in any other country.

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Turkey's Erdogan strikes gold with Arab Spring
The Africa Report, January 27, 2012

The dynamic premier has been dashing around the continent and beyond, reshaping Ankara's foreign policy to include new regions and priorities

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's support for Muslim unity is not purely mechanical. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rock-star status in the Arab world for standing up to Israel both in word and deed. He is at the head of one of the world's fastest-growing economies, with a China-­beating 10.2 per cent of economic growth, and is the architect of a brand of business-savvy moderate Islam that hopes to export its 'model' overseas along with its cars, clothes and foodstuffs.

However, the Turkish government's desire to be a more active player in the Middle East and North Africa is constrained by enmity from Iran and Syria.

As part of its developing, assertive foreign policy, the government hosted talks on Palestine and Afghanistan at the end of 2011. On 12-13 September, Erdogan visited Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. He was greeted as a returning hero for the support he gave to the revolutionaries, despite Turkey's original reticence to support the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in Libya.

And later in October, South Africa received a large Turkish business delegation, with Erdogan giving a public lecture at a Pretoria meeting hall.

Opening with a salute to Egypt's historical Islamic pedigree and Al-Azhar University, he went on to endorse the uprising, saying "Tahrir Square became synonymous with combat, freedom and democracy". By the end, members of the audience were chanting "Oh leader Erdogan, unify the Muslims", and calling for a return to the caliphate.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Times Topics, January 5, 2012

Mr. Erdogan carved out a newly muscular role for Turkey in foreign policy, openly challenging the way the United States manages its two most pressing issues in the region, Iran's nuclear program and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The shift has made him a hero to the Arab world.

Mr. Erdogan's vision of economic interdependence has led to friction with Washington, particularly over Iran, Turkey's only alternative energy source after Russia. Mr. Erdogan's confrontation with Israel, which he accused of "state terrorism" in the June 2010 flotilla raid off Gaza, raised the loudest alarms for Americans. Many saw his fiery statements - a sharp contrast to years of friendly relations with Israel - as a sign that he had not only abandoned the quest to join the European Union, but was also aligning himself with Islamic rivals of the West.

Mr. Erdogan rose from a tough-talking Istanbul mayor representing a rising underclass of religious Turks. He is seen as a confounding mix, from a background of political Islam but with an agenda of bringing Turkey into the European Union, where his supporters do most of their business. Mr. Erdogan's greatest legacy so far is an economy that has more than tripled since 2002. Europe remains its pre-eminent market, but its businessmen have plied Ottoman trade routes with a sense of unabashed optimism at untapped markets. Many hail from Anatolia, sharing the party's ideology of social conservatism and economic liberalism, with a hint of nostalgia for the old empire.

Mr. Erdogan, though a pragmatist, is also a devout Muslim, a category that was once the underdog in secular Turkish society, and sympathy for the Palestinians is ingrained. He is hotheaded, with a street fighter's swagger that becomes more pronounced in crises.

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Keep in mind that the Antichrist will be a peace maker and will be very wise in the beginning of his rule. At first the Antichrist will seem to solve many of the world's problems and he will be considered great in the eyes of most in the world. The Antichrist will help mediate a peace agreement in the Middle East, especially with Israel. Through this peace agreement, the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem.

What current role does Turkey have with the rebuilding of the Temple?

This is a section of an article titled: "Jewish-Muslim coalition calls for rebuilt Temple":

Last month, a historic meeting took place between members of the Jewish Sanhedrin (the ruling judicial body of the Jewish Faith) and a well-known Turkish Muslim Leader, Adnan Oktar, who uses the psuedonym, Harun Yahya. One of their stated goals was to "wag[e] a joint intellectual and spiritual battle against the worldwide growing tide of irreligiousness, unbelief and immorality," according to a World Net Daily report.

But even more interesting than this unprecedented coalition was their mutual desire to rebuild the Jewish Temple. They believe that a rebuilt temple can help bring the three Abrahamic faiths (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) together in peace. Furthermore, Oktar claims that this temple could be rebuilt within one year!

In a statement posted on their website, Sanhedrin.org, the members of the Sanhedrin, along with Adnan Oktar, set forth in further detail their expectations and objectives of their plan for peaceful co-existence. In an eye-catching statment in a section entitled, "Plan for Peace" the Sanhedrin state,

Out of a sense of collective responsibility for world peace and for all humanity we have found it timely to call to the World and exclaim that there is a way out for all peoples. It is etched in a call to all humanity: We are all the sons of one father, the descendants of Adam, and all humanity is but a single family. Peace among Nations will be achieved through building the House of G-d, where all peoples will serve as foreseen by King Solomon in his prayers at the dedication of the First Holy Temple. Come let us love and respect one another, and love and honor and hold our heavenly Father in awe. Let us establish a house of prayer in His name in order to worship and serve Him together, for the sake of His great compassion. He surely does not want the blood of His creations spilled, but prefers love and peace among all mankind. We pray to the Almighty Creator, that you harken to our Call. Together - each according to his or her ability - we shall work towards the building of the House of Prayer for All Nations on the Temple Mount in peace and mutual understanding."

In Mr. Oktar's section of the declaration, he talks a lot about the need for peace among the Jews and Muslims and asserts that the Turkish Islamic Union can help bring about that peace. He states that "the establishment of this union under Turkish leadership is essential for the salvation of the Middle East and the whole world...If such a union is established, then by Allah's leave Muslims, Jews and Christians will all be at ease. Conflict and fighting will come to a complete end. Once the Turkish-Islamic Union is founded, Jews will be able to live freely in those lands without the need for walls."

From: Phoenix Biblical Prophecy Examiner, August 9, 2009

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What does the Bible say about the Antichrist and the Temple?

While returning to his land with great riches, his heart shall be moved against the holy covenant; so he shall do damage and return to his own land.

"At the appointed time he shall return and go toward the south; but it shall not be like the former or the latter. For ships from Cyprus shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and return in rage against the holy covenant, and do damage.

"So he shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant. And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.
(Daniel 11:28-31)

For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
(1 Thessalonians 5:2-3)

The time is running short. The United States of Europe is well on the way to being formed, with calls for much greater fiscal and political unification. We believe that this "Beast from the Middle East" will soon help broker the Israeli-Palestinian "land for peace" treaty, which will begin the dark 7 year period called the Tribulation. We believe that the Rapture will occur before then.

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In this message, we investigate Turkey and specifically it's Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan
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very interesting read, RAET.

very interesting read, RAET. Thanks.

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indeed

tracyb it is interesting isnt it. thanks RAET

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Some consider the sunni

Some consider the sunni ottoman empire the one that had its deadly wound, was not, and yet rose again ..

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Recep Erdogan = 666

Here is some additional "food for thought":

Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
(Revelation 13:18)

The reference to 666 is gematria, a code that assigns a number to each letter in the alphabet. The first attested use of gematria occurs in an inscription of Assyrian ruler Sargon II (727-707 BC) stating that the king built the wall of Khorsabad 16,283 cubits long to correspond with the numerical value of his name.

Recep Erdogan in English Gematria Equals: 666

This is not just a coincidence, as there are no other current world leaders that have their given names equal 666.

Check it out at: http://www.gematrix.org/?word=recep+Erdogan+

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Values

What values are you using for each letter. I have come up with 670. Lay out for us the values you have used for each letter.

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Erdogan is not the

Erdogan is not the anti-christ. he's just one of the many players, making way, remember 1 unfailing and basic detail, about the anti, is his age. and erdogan is too old to be him, remember the anti is the biggest poser the world will ever know, he's gonna imitate everything Jesus did, including the age he died.

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Can you support

the idea of his age with scripture please...ive never seen anything about the age of the antichrist.

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All signs point to Recep Erdogan

Your objection about age does not have any Biblical foundation. Most of the facts about the beast or Antichrist are in the 13th Chapter of Revelations and the 11th chapter of Daniel. The scriptures are not specific about his age. At this time, all signs point to Recep Erdogan as the Antichrist.

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anti who?

Well even if he is the antichrist he has not DONE anything really yet. He has not stepped forward to claim that he is god. We will need to keep a watch on him but until he actually comes forward to act as a world figurehead or leader or even suddenly has someone standing proclaiming him (the false prophet) I cant say he is or isnt. We will have to wait and see how it plays out

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Hamas chief meets with Turkey PM on Palestinian reconciliation

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says there are 'positive developments' regarding Fatah-Hamas ties, Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman reports.

Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal visited Turkey on Friday for talks on Palestinian reconciliation and other developments in the Middle East, the Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman reported.

Meshal met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Friday afternoon.

The meeting reportedly focused on Palestinian reconciliation.

Haaretz.com, March 16, 2012

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/hamas-chief-meets-with-tur...

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Turkey's Erdogan: Israel must stop 'massacre' of Palestinians in Gaza

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan severely criticized Israel's recent airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip, saying in a speech on Tuesday that the attacks represented a "massacre" of the coastal enclave's residents.

Nearly 200 rockets have exploded in Israeli territory since the latest round of violence between Israel and Gaza broke out on Friday and until the Israel Defense Forces and Gaza militants agreed to cease fire that went into effect early Tuesday.

Responding to rocket fire, the Israel Air Force carried out 37 airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, 19 strikes targeted rocket-launchers and 18 targeted weapons warehouses in response to rocket attacks.

Haaretz.com, March 13, 2012

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/turkey-s-erdogan-israel-mu...

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Elohim hears .. but does Ishmael .. ?

Interesting that Obama considers him a "trusted friend"

http://asbarez.com/100402/obama-names-erdogan-as-trusted-friend/

Anybody who operates consistently in the spirit of anti Messiah would be in danger of being an anti-christ ..

Isa 10:12 .. Therefore when the LORD YHVH has completed all His work of chastisement & purification to be executed on Mount Zion & Jerusalem, it shall be in that He will inflict punishment on the fruit, the thoughts, the words, the deeds, of the stout & arrogant heart of the King of Assyria & the haughtiness of his pride .. for the Assyrian king has said, I have done it solely by the power of my own hand and wisdom, for I have insight & understanding. I have removed the boundaries of the peoples and have robbed their treasures; and like a bull I have brought down those who sat on thrones & the inhabitations ..

Carefully hear ..
Carefully consider ..
Carefully live ..

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Turkish PM arrives in Iran on Wednesday morning, for a discussion on topics including Iranian nuclear policy and the situation in Syria.

Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, March 28, 2012

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tehran Wednesday for a two-day visit, to discuss nuclear policy and regional politics.

At the top on the agenda of the talks between Erdogan and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would be the next meeting between Iran and six other countries about its nuclear program and the latest developments in Syria.

Erdogan, accompanied by his foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, was also scheduled to open a Turkish cultural centre in Iran.

Istanbul has declared its readiness to again host the nuclear talks between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, which are reportedly scheduled for mid-April.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:
http://www.haaretz.com/polopoly_fs/1.384457.1316007971!/image/3984775752.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_295/3984775752.jpg

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april will be another

chance for POTUS and erdogan to discuss child rearing. and putin visits israel this summer. some kind of momentum is building...

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Erdo?an, speaking to Iran's state television during a visit to Tehran on Thursday, said the radar could be dismantled if conditions Turkey had put forward to host the radar are not respected. Turkey agreed to host the radar after lengthy negotiations with the US during which it insisted that no country be named as a source of threat and that data to be collected by radar not be shared with Israel, Iran's enemy.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu, who accompanied Erdo?an during his visit to Tehran, said Iranians are not disturbed by Turkey but there were concerns about the radar. He echoed Erdo?an, saying no non-NATO country will have access to its data -- a reference to Israel -- and that Turkish generals will be involved in the command and control of the system to ensure it operates according to agreed conditions.

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-275856-erdogan-in-iran-says-nato-radar-c...

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Turkey is emerging as a key player

Will Iran be forced to choose between Syria and its nuclear program?
Haaretz News, April 2, 2012

Turkey is emerging as a key player both in the future of Syria's revolution and the next round of talks over Iran's nuclear program. On Sunday there will be another meeting of the "Friends of Syria" in Istanbul and it seems increasingly likely that the Turkish city will be the venue of the P5+1 talks with Iran two weeks later.

By hosting the talks between Iran and the five permanent Security Council members (and Germany), Erdogan is staking his international statesmanship credentials on achieving a diplomatic breakthrough, which can only be reached through Iranian concessions on sweeping powers for IAEA experts to carry out surprise inspections at nuclear sites. He now has a unique pressure-point over the Iranians - allow inspections or lose your Syrian ally.

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The Year of the Draghi

Dennis Nally, chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, believes a eurozone recovery is critical to global recovery:

“By and large, the eurozone has been a significant success. It’s allowed countries to really compete in this global economy, which is, I think, so important. I’d hate to think of the consequences without the eurozone from an economic standpoint.”

So Europe matters. Hugely.

And in Draghi – perhaps the most influential central banker in the world right now – it may have the man to help drag it back up.

http://www.wallstreetdaily.com/2012/01/26/world-economic-forum-year-of-t...

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The Erdogan back channel

President Obama has signaled Iran that the United States would accept an Iranian civilian nuclear program if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei can back up his recent public claim that his nation “will never pursue nuclear weapons.”

This verbal message was sent through Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visited Khamenei last week. A few days before traveling to Iran, Erdogan had held a two-hour meeting with Obama in Seoul, in which they discussed what Erdogan would tell the ayatollah about the nuclear issue and Syria.

The Erdogan back channel to Iran is the most dramatic evidence yet of the close relationship Obama has forged with the Turkish leader. Erdogan, who heads an Islamist party that is often cited as a model by Muslim democrats, has been a key U.S. partner in handling Syria and other crises flowing from the Arab Spring uprisings.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-signal-to-iran/2012/04/05/...

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ANKARA — China and Turkey have signed two nuclear cooperation agreements.

The two countries signed the agreements during a ceremony in Beijing on April 9 headed by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.

Officials said the accords would intensify nuclear cooperation, particularly in the area of research and energy.

http://www.worldnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/20120410_4985...

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In some sense, it is in the process of returning to its position prior to World War I when it was the seat of the Ottoman Empire.

http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/turkeys-strategy?utm_source=freelist-f&ut...

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On Friday Vice President Joe Biden offered Turkey’s Islamist government a leading role in the Middle East, despite its recent crackdown on dissidents, expansion of Islamic culture and education, and regional conflicts with Greece and Israel.

We’re looking for Turkish leadership in the rest of that entire region,” Biden declared at a fundraiser attended by roughly 200 people from the Turkish and Azerbaijani communities, according to a White House pool report.

“It’s a model as to how you can have an Islamic population, an Islamic state and a democracy, something the rest of the region is groping to figure out how to do,” he told the audience, who paid up to $2,500 each to attend the fundraiser.

Since last June Turkey’s Islamist government, led by Recep Erdogan, “has restricted freedom of expression, association, and assembly with laws that allow authorities to jail its critics for many months or years while they stand trial for alleged terrorism offenses on the basis of flimsy evidence,” according to a January report by the left-wing group Human Rights Watch.

To maintain good relations with Turkey, Obama also refused on April 24 to label Turkey’s murder of 1.5 Armenians during World War I as genocide. Armenians are a Christian minority in Turkey.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/27/biden-pushes-leadership-role-for-turke...

Note: Law professor Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term "genocide" in 1943, has stated that he did so with the fate of the Armenians in mind, explaining that "it happened so many times… First to the Armenians, then after the Armenians, Hitler took action."

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/30/The_Armenian_Genocide_%282...

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The U.S. has been working behind the scenes to repair the strained relations between Israel and Turkey.

The strained relations between Turkey and Israel may soon be improving, according to a Channel 10 News report on Thursday.

The relations between the two countries have been strained for almost two years. It all began shortly after Turkey demanded that Israel apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals onboard the Mavi Marmara in May of 2010. The Turkish citizens were killed when Israeli soldiers who boarded the Gaza-bound ship were forced to open fire, after being attacked by the IHH terrorists on board with clubs and knives.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu refused to apologize for the incident, and Turkey responded by downgrading its diplomatic ties with Israel.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan further deteriorated the situation when he chose to verbally attack Israel on several occasions.

Now, however, behind the scenes efforts are being made to improve the relations, according to Channel 10. The report said the efforts are being coordinated by U.S. officials, who are trying to arrange a meeting between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his Turkish counterpart.

One reason for these attempts is the warming relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Erdogan, Channel 10 reported. Another reason is that Barak, as well as newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz, strongly support normalization of the relations with Turkey.

Barak at one point caved and said Israel was "willing to consider apologizing" for problems that occurred during the raid on the Marmara.

Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have expressed their strong objection to the idea of any apology for the incident on the Marmara. However, according to Channel 10, the fact that Barak and Mofaz together now carry a larger weight within the government may result in the warming of relations with Turkey.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155697#.T60fzqiwV74

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Turkey is showing renewed interest in reviving its stalled bid to join the European Union, now that Nicolas Sarkozy, one of its key opponents, is no longer the president of France.

"Turkey is changing, the EU is changing and the new Europe cannot be without Turkey," Egemen Bagis, the Turkish minister in charge of EU affairs said this week. "Until now, all countries that have started negotiations with the EU have become full members. Turkey will not be the first exception."

Turkish President Abdullah Gul is expected to hold talks with Hollande during a Nato summit in Chicago next week, Turkish officials said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/9271108/Turkey-s...

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Channel 10 says Turkey dispatched official to try to rebuild bilateral relations

A senior Turkish envoy sent to Israel by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been meeting with high-ranking officials, among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Channel 10 News reported Thursday.

According to the report, the official was sent to Israel by Erdogan in an attempt to normalize ties between Turkey and Israel, which have been strained since Operation Cast Lead in 2008.

In 2010, relations between the two countries took a turn for the worse following the death of eight Turkish nationals and one American of Turkish origin in the naval commando raid on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, which participated in a flotilla aimed at breaking Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

In the aftermath of the raid, Turkey demanded an official apology from the Israeli leadership. As Netanyahu firmly opposes issuing such an apology, claiming Israel acted in self-defense and within its legal rights, efforts to rehabilitate the previously warm ties between two countries have so far run aground.

However, according to Channel 10 News, this latest step by Erdogan — which could not be confirmed by the Prime Minister’s Office — indicates that Ankara is seeking to resume diplomatic ties with Jerusalem, a fellow US ally in the Middle East.

The report said Netanyahu still opposes any apology, but Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other ministers favor a more conciliatory line, because of a desire to rebuild ties to better deal with the threat posed by Iran.

In April, Turkey hosted international talks between Iran and six world powers centering on Tehran’s nuclear program.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/channel-10-senior-erdogan-envoy-visits-israel/

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Turkey commissioned a “giant mosque” to sit atop an Istanbul peak that will be visible from everywhere in the city of 15 million, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

The Islamic house of worship is one of six new mosques planned for the eastern half of the city that straddles Europe and Asia, Erdogan told supporters at a traditional handworks art center in Istanbul yesterday, according to state-run Anatolia news agency.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-30/turkey-plans-giant-istanbul-mos...

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Erste Offers Structured Products in Gold, Oil in Turkey

Erste is among European and U.S. banks that entered the Turkish market over the past decade to take advantage of economic growth that’s more than three times the average in the European Union. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to turn Istanbul into a financial center to rival cities such as Dubai.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-24/erste-offers-structured-product...

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Makes me ill....

this religion of evil. They are so blind and filled with so much hate. What kind of love is in this religion?? It is enmity to GOD of the Bible. They love not, only blood letting and conquest and world domination do they know and strive for. Millions of souls gone to eternal destruction and REGRET due to their GOD of lies and horror! SAD!

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Prime Minister Erdogan to open first ever World Economic Forum on Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia

Istanbul, Turkey, 1 June 2012 – The World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia will open next week in Istanbul from 4 to 6 June 2012. Under the theme Bridging Regions in Transformation, the meeting will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society from over 70 nations. This will be the third World Economic Forum event in Turkey, an important gateway between Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. The meeting is being held with the support of the Government of Turkey.

Miroslav Dusek said that the meeting could not come at a more critical time for the Middle East and North Africa:

“We have a unique window of opportunity in some Middle East and North Africa countries where new parliaments are being empowered in a way that will really strengthen their societies. Looking 20 years ahead, we want to make sure that in 2012 in Istanbul we helped decision-makers across all levels of society put together a foundation for the whole region to emerge as one of the most stable, secure and prosperous regions in the world.”

http://www.weforum.org/news/prime-minister-erdog-open-first-ever-world-e...

Turkey's Erdogan slams Israel over 'open-air prison' in Gaza

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday used his keynote address at a regional World Economic Forum meeting to slam Israel over conditions in the Gaza Strip.

"People are being jailed in the world's largest open-air prison," Erdogan said, referring to Israel's nearly six-year-old blockade of Gaza, one of the issues that has led to a crumbling of ties between onetime allies.

In 2009, Erdogan provoked a spat with Israeli President Shimon Peres and stormed out of an annual WEF meeting in Davos, Switzerland, after accusing Israel of "murdering innocents by air strikes."

A staunch supporter of a sovereign Palestinian state, Erdogan on Tuesday also called on business people to channel investment to impoverished parts of the world, including the occupied Palestinian Territories.

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, who took the stage after Erdogan, urged the world to address the deadlocked peace process between Israel and the Palestinians to bring stability to the volatile region.

http://news.yahoo.com/turkeys-erdogan-slams-israel-over-open-air-prison-...

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With France and Germany at odds, and events moving quickly, a strategy for fiscal and political union is being drawn up

The USE – United States of Europe – is back. For the eurozone, at least. Such "political union", surrendering fundamental powers to Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg, has always been several steps too far for the French to consider.

Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European council, Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg leader and longstanding head of the eurogroup of single currency countries, and José Manuel Barroso, chief of the European commission, are to deliver a eurozone integration plan to an EU summit on 28-29 June.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jun/04/eurozone-crisis-united-st...

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'Mideast Beast' will be Muslim

The Antichrist arises, with scimitar in hand
Exclusive: Jim Fletcher examines argument that 'Mideast Beast' will be Muslim

If a poll were taken, I’d guess that the one biblical figure people would consider the most mysterious would be the one Paul called “the man of lawlessness”: the Antichrist.

For years, relentless speculation about his identity has bordered on the absurd. You know the usual suspects: European Union presidents, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, the pope.

Yet, separating fact from fiction seems difficult, given the unfortunate predictions of Antichrist’s identity.

Into this mix steps a new voice, Joel Richardson. Having written about this subject in 2006, and presenting a compelling case for this beastly figure being Muslim, Richardson has a new offering: “Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist.”

Needless to say, his theory has been met with strong resistance by two divergent groups: Muslims (of course), and teachers of Bible prophecy, many of whom are emotionally invested in an Antichrist of European heritage.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/the-antichrist-arises-with-scimitar-in-hand/?...

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World's most powerful imam to rise?

Middle East invites Islamist billionaire to return from exile

In a stunning move, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for Fethullah Gulen, the reclusive imam of arguably the most powerful Islamist movement in the world, to return home to Turkey from his self-imposed exile in rural Pennsylvania.

According to analysts, unlike the Islamism of al-Qaeda, the Turkish Islamism of Gulen, as well as his Islamist predecessor, Said Al-Nursi, uses a veneer of moderation along with the Western concepts of democracy, interfaith dialogue and tolerance as a cover while it works to achieve its goals of Turkish Islamic dominance and a return to the glories of the Ottoman Empire.

For years, many secular Turks have claimed the Gulen movement has so infiltrated Turkish government that it effectively now represents a type of Islamist shadow government, whose spidery fingers reach into every arena of Turkish government. The present imprisonment of so many journalists opposed to the Gulen movement is but one example of the movement’s power.

There is also a mountain of evidence that the ruling Turkish government shares the Turkish nationalism and expansionist goals of Imam Gulen. Only a few weeks ago, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made the following grandiose statement:

We will manage the wave of change in the Middle East. Just as the ideal we have in our minds about Turkey, we have an ideal of a new Middle East. We will be the leader and the spokesperson of a new peaceful order, no matter what they say.

But despite the clear and present danger represented by Turkey’s ruling Islamist party, the Obama administration has openly pursued a partnership with Prime Minister Erdogan.

At a fund raising event for the Obama reelection campaign, Vice President Joe Biden recently addressed a group of roughly 200 influential members of the Turkish-American community.

In speaking of the Obama administration’s view of Turkey’s reassertion of power in the region, Biden said, “We’re looking for Turkish leadership in the rest of that entire region.”

Biden continued to speak of what a wonderful “model” Turkey is for other Islamic nations: “It’s a model as to how you can have an Islamic population, an Islamic state and a democracy, something the rest of the region is groping to figure out how to do.”

And speaking of American cooperation with Turkey in the region, Biden said, “There’s nothing we do that we don’t coordinate.”

http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/worlds-most-powerful-imam-to-rise/

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