Congress losing patience with Turkey's Erdogan
Aug. 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are losing patience with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In a sharply worded letter, House members who've led efforts to advance U.S.-Turkish relations are warning Erdogan about what they consider to be his anti-Semitic comments. Turkey has become among the most outspoken critics of Israel for its military operations in Gaza. Erdogan has accused the Jewish state of "barbarism surpassing Hitler." The U.S. lawmakers say such remarks are historically inaccurate and provocative. They lament that Turkey's leaders once sought Mideast peace, but now issue statements that "do nothing to end violence, but rather could serve to instigate further hatred." The lawmakers are Democrats Steve Cohen of Tennessee and Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Republicans Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina.