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Zev Chafets

U.S. and Israel Should Recognize the Armenian Genocide

Turkey’s sensitivities have blocked the move long enough. 

Will he also mark the Armenian genocide? 

Will he also mark the Armenian genocide? 

Photographer: AFP Contributor/AFP

Last week Turkey recalled its ambassadors to America and Israel. That decision came in response to Israeli forces killing 60 Palestinian protestors attempting to cross the Gaza border. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israeli actions a “genocide” on Turkish TV; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shot back on twitter: “I suggest that he not preach morality to us.”

Erdogan’s attack has opened an unanticipated window of opportunity, both in Washington and Jerusalem to break a decades-long refusal to join historians and many governments in recognizing a real genocide that Turkey continues to deny -- that against Armenian Christians.