It’s like the most depressing “welcome to the club” ever.
Yair Lapid, founder of the Israeli “There is a future” (Yesh Atid) party, has called on his nation to recognize the Armenian Genocide. For those of you who may not know, the Armenian Genocide was committed over a century ago during World War One. The Ottoman Empire, fearing rebellions by the Armenian Christian population, decided to massacre that part of their own population. The genocide is made especially controversial today because only a relative handful of nations recognize that it even happened (despite the fact that, y’know, it did.)
So this is a good move, right? Israel, of all nations, should recognize the Armenian Genocide! Who better can sympathize with a whole people group that was brutalized?
Armenpress reports: The Israeli politician’s proposal comes as Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had made some strict statements for Israel regarding the metal detectors at the entrances to the al-Aska mosque compound in Jerusalem.
“Turkey needs to know they cannot continue to kick Israel, and Israel will come back and ask for more. The time has come to stop ingratiating ourselves to the Turks, who every time come and kick us harder. We need to say ‘okay, we understand, now we have to run our own policy: from now on we support the establishment of an independent Kurdish state, we need to recognize the Armenian genocide, we need to do all the things that we didn’t do when we had good relations with Turkey, because we don’t, and we will not have in the future,” he said, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Oh, so it’s not out of undergoing similar tragedies or sympathy, it’s because of political spite. Well, the right thing for the wrong reasons is still right, right?