'Turkish leaders must condemn party official, apologize to Israel'

March 19, 2016 21:17

Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz reacted angrily to the Turkish political official who was dismissed from her position as a spokesperson for the ruling Islamist-leaning AKP Party for wishing death upon Israelis wounded in Saturday’s suicide bombing in Istanbul.

Irem Aktas, the head of the party’s media relations and women’s outreach department, was fired after posting the provocative tweet immediately after the attack.

“In the terrorist incident today on the streets of Istanbul, Israeli civilians and others were brutally murdered,” Katz said.

“How much evil, hatred, and inhumaneness does one need in order to express oneself in such a manner?” the minister said. “Where are the leaders of her party and why aren’t they denouncing her and officially apologizing to the State of Israel?”

“This is not the way to advance reconciliation [between the two countries],” he said.

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