Friday, January 30, 2009

Erdogan Walks Off Stage After Peres Speaks

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey, walks of stage after Israeli President Shimon Peres spoke at the World Economic Forum. The Forum took place in Davos, Switzerland.

David Ignatius of the Washington Post was the moderator of the discussion on Gaza. The video is of the entire discussion and it runs for well over an hour. Each features speaker got to speak once with Peres going last (his comments start just before minute 40). Peres gives an impassioned speech worth watching. After he was done Erdogan wanted another turn. He was given a few minutes, but it was not enough for him and when he was cut off he walked off the stage.

No permanent damage appears to have been done to the relations between Israel and Turkey. Both are downplaying the incident.

Video embedded below. (From

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