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TheBlaze.com broke a story this morning that has gained a surprisingly small amount of additional media attention.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan allegedly invited a special personal guest to accompany him on his visit to the U.S. this week.

According to Turkish media, the father of one of the radical Islamist activists killed in Israel’s raid on the Mavi Marmara in 2010 (the Gaza flotilla) was included as an invited guest in the prime minister’s delegation in the hopes he might be able to meet President Barack Obama.

Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old with both Turkish and U.S. citizenship, joined the Gaza flotilla where he expressed his desire for “martyrdom.” His father now wants the U.S. government to sue Israel over the raid in which the IDF says its forces were defending themselves from what appeared to them to be an organized attack launched by passengers armed with knives and metal bars as the commandos boarded the ship.

“According to Turkish media, the father of one of the radical Islamist activists killed in Israel’s raid on the Gaza flotilla was included as an invited guest in the prime minister’s delegation in hopes that he might meet the President,” Glenn said.

According to the report, the father wanted to give a letter to President Obama, so the Prime Minister added him to his entourage for the trip. While the Prime Minister said that he could give the letter to Obama, but it would be better for the father to give the letter to the President himself.

One of the major focuses of this meeting between the Turkish Prime Minister and President Obama was to improve Turkish/Israeli relations…and no one thought this was an important detail to report.


“No one, no one reported about this?  No one knew?  No one?” Glenn asked. “Can we get some answers from the White House?  Did you receive a letter from a, quote, martyr’s father about suing Israel on the same trip where you come out into the rose garden and you say you’re trying to normalize relations between Israel and Turkey and you’re standing next to the prime minister of Turkey who says that’s what he’s there for and yet the prime minister of Turkey has a guy on the delegation who he wanted to introduce to the president so he could ask him to sue Israel for the Gaza flotilla.”

As of this morning, the only outlets reporting on this story were Turkish media and the Jerusalem Post.

“Turkey is no doubt proud of it,” Pat commented. “And in Jerusalem they are reporting it because they’re aghast over it,” he later added.

Glenn agreed.

While this administration may take a strong stance against Al Qaeda, they’re stance against terror is faulty, Glenn explained. He explained that while the average American following what it is happening in the Middle East put all terror groups into the evil category, that does not seem to be the case in the White House.

“Make no mistake:  We are not against terror.  We are against Al‑Qaeda.  We are for terror.  We really are.  This administration, you have to understand, we lump ‑‑ we lump Al‑Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.  You and I, we lump it together.  This administration does not.  We understand.  It comes from the same root.  It comes from Saudi Arabia.  But one said, “Wait a minute.  Saudi Arabia, you know, you’re off the ‑‑ you’re off the beaten course here and you’re with America.”  And we helped design them.  We helped fund them.  We helped arm them, and we’re doing it again,” He said.