FM Davutoglu raps US' "one-sided" Irael policy
The US' "one-sided approach" to the Middle East will bring neither peace nor stability to the region, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a weekend interview, suggesting that the US should recognize Israel merely as an "ordinary nation of the region." "There can't be peace in the Middle East if Israel is seen as a 'privileged country that is above international law.' Israel needs to accept being subject to international law as an ordinary nation-state," Davutoglu told daily Radikal in an interview in the central Anatolia province of Konya, where he is running for Parliament. "The crime against humanity committed last year [by Israel] still has not been accounted for," Davutoglu said, referring to its deadly raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara aid ship. "Israel must be warned about this." The key to solving the problem is Israel's recognition of the new Palestinian government and the end of the blockade against Gaza, Davutoglu said, adding that Tel Aviv should be told this clearly. "The problem is that a one-sided approach that only understands Israel's concerns cannot result in a solution," he said.