Israel respects Turkey and expects the Turkish side to reciprocate. Government of Israel protests to Turkish ambassador.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounces the unbridled attack against Israel made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a press conference he held together with Lebanon’s Premier Sa’ad al-Din al-Hariri (11 January).

Israel respects Turkey and is interested in continued normal relations between the states, but expects the Turkish side to reciprocate with a similar approach towards Israel.

PM Erdogan’s words must be taken together with the anti-Israel program currently being broadcast on Turkish television, as well as other serious anti-Israel sentiments repeatedly expressed by the Turkish prime minister for more than a year, since launching a verbal attack on President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos (January 2009).

 Israel reserves the right to protect its citizens against rocket attacks and terrorism by Hamas and Hizbullah. Turkey is in no position to preach morality to Israel or to the Israel Defense Forces.


Government of Israel protests to Turkish ambassador
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon summoned the Turkish ambassador on Monday (Jan. 11) and, on behalf of the Israeli government, expressed its objection to an episode in a Turkish television series in which Israel and Jews are depicted as baby snatchers and war criminals. Ayalon stated that these depictions are not acceptable and are fed by anti-Israel sentiments expressed by senior Turkish officials.

Ayalon stressed that Israel expects the Turkish government to make clear that these positions are unacceptable to it and to find a way to prevent their repetition. Ayalon added that this type of thing endangers the lives of Jews in Turkey and is liable to harm bilateral relations.