The Turkish Prime Minister’s remarks in Istanbul today, like his other recent remarks, are very unfortunate.

(Communciated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Turkish Prime Minister’s remarks in Istanbul today, like his other recent remarks, are very unfortunate. The blame for the standstill in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians can be placed squarely at the door of the Palestinian terrorist organizations, whose murderous actions have taken the lives of over 900 innocent Israelis in the last three-and-a-half years.

Turkey, a state that has itself suffered for many years from the cruel effects of terrorism, could be expected to show more understanding and solidarity for Israel’s struggle to defend itself, like other Western states.

Turkey could have shown more understanding especially now, at a time when Israel is the one looking for a way to revitalize the peace process.