More pearls from Obama's "favorite and most trusted ally":
US representatives criticize PM Erdoğan’s ‘anti-semitic’ statements in letter to President Gül Hurriyet Daily News
Forty-six U.S. lawmakers have sent a letter to Turkish President Abdullah Gul slamming Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for making anti-Semitic statements and calling on Gul to "publically condemn the use of anti-Semitic rhetoric by government officials." The bipartisan letter was prepared by Reps. Brad Schneider, Randy Weber, Lois Frankel, and Mark Meadows and cited numerous statements made by Erdogan in recent months. The signatories specifically singled out Erdogan's description of Zionism as a "crime against humanity." More recent statements, including the prime minister's repeated statements that an "interest rate lobby" was behind political unrest inside Turkey, also came in for criticism. The letter described the rhetoric as "a thinly veiled reference to Jews." Turkish diplomats were recently forced to scramble after past anti-Semitic statements by Erdogan reemerged, generating renewed speculation that his diplomatic conflicts with Israel were grounded in something other than the promotion of objective Turkish national interests. (The Israel Project)
Forty-six U.S. representatives have written a letter to Turkish President Abdullah Gül criticizing some of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statements which they described as “anti-semitic,” daily Hürriyet reported.
The letter requested Gül to publically condemn “the anti-semitic rhetoric” of government officials.
The signatories noted that another letter had been written a few months ago asking Erdoğan to retract his statements that compared Zionism to a “crime against humanity,” without success.
They also argued that Erdoğan’s accusations of an “interest rate lobby” engineering the Gezi protests were implicitly targeting Jews, recalling that Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay had openly stated that a “Jewish diaspora” was behind the recent unrest in Turkey.
The letter was prepared on the initiative of Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Illinois), Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Florida) and Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) and signed by congressmen from both the Democrat and Republican parties, the report said.