At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Turkey PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Palestine-Israel conflict and the process for peace in the Middle East. Israel Pres. Shimon Peres’ response was refused adequate rebuttal by the moderator and PM Erdogan walked off the stage, pledging never to go to Davos again, and headed back to Turkey.
al Jazeera – “Erdogan Hailed After Davos Walkout” – 30 Jan 09 (2:53):
Turkey’s prime minister has returned home from the World Economic Forum in Davos to a warm welcome after he stormed out of a debate over Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip….
Erdogan walked out of a televised debate on Thursday with Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, after the moderator refused to allow him to rebut Peres’ justification about the war.
Before storming out, Erdogan told Shimon Peres, the Israeli president: “You are killing people.”…
Erdogan said: “I find it very sad that people applaud what you said. There have been many people killed. And I think that it is very wrong and it is not humanitarian.”…
Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the Arab League and former Egyptian foreign minister, said Erdogan’s action was understandable.
Though, we’ll echo your sentiments, Mr. Erdogan, you might want to look in the mirror at your own oppression of the Kurds.
Mr. Erodogan’s full statement at Davos (16:58):
Part One (7:02):
Part Two (9:56):