Turkey's diplomatic offensive against Israel gains Muslim steam
Assad: Syria prepared to act against Israel's siege of Gaza; Erdogan: Turkey can give Gaza everything it needs if Israel lifts siege.
By Jack Khoury and Haaretz Service
"We came to Istanbul to condemn Israel's crime," said Assad. "We are not just people who talks and issue declarations of condemnation. We are in favor of actions, and we declare that we will support every decision and every step that Turkey requests in order to break the blockade, including support of an international inquiry."
"It is clear to the world that the peace activists arrived with a goal of peace," added Assad. "The whole world, including Israel, knew in advance that it was a Turkish boat, sailing under a Turkish flag. Israel always commits crime, but it has always accused those it killed of terrorism. This time, Israel cannot accuse its victims of terror."
Turkey also received messages from support from other Muslim countries, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Pakistan, Qatar and, of course, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.