WASHINGTON (Hurriyet)—Turkey’s ambassador to the US, Namik Tan, has enlisted the support of a Jewish organization in opposing the Armenian Genocide Resolution. The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) released on Tuesday a position paper titled, “The Armenian Resolution Should be Opposed and Defeated.”
Ambassador Namik Tan met with “the representatives of almost all Jewish lobbies and organizations in Washington” over the weekend, according to sources in the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. According to the same sources, Tan met with the representatives of “eight or 10 Jewish organizations,” including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL); American Jewish Community (AJC) and B’nai B’rith International. They said the meetings were not only focused on the Armenian Genocide bill.
JINSA, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that addresses the security requirements of both the U.S. and Israel, released its report a day after Tan’s meetings.
The report said that: “to the extent that either side believed opposition to the resolution was a test of loyalty, or tied it to extraneous issues, they made a mistake. The Armenian resolution -driven largely by the Armenian-American community- should be opposed and defeated. But the reasons stand without regard to the [increasingly difficult] behavior of the Turkish government and without regard to [increasingly difficult] Turkish-Israeli or Turkish-American relations.”
“As the Turkish government began to slide — and then rush — away from its relationship with Israel and slide — and then rush — toward new accommodations with Syria and Iran, the Jewish community has become less inclined to use its organizational skill on behalf of the agenda of a country that is less inclined toward the Western side of the great divide. It doesn’t help that the Turkish ‘request’ for ‘help’ has begun to sound more like a threat of damage yet to come,” the report added.
Tan already met with the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Howard Berman last week as well as several key members of the House, the embassy source confirmed. He also met with the Turkish associations working in the United States last week.