Syrian Refugee Camp in Turkey 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Members of Knesset reached out to newly reelected Turkish Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan in two separate letters sent out on Wednesday.
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Kara (Likud) requested permission to send humanitarian aid to Syrians seeking
refuge in southern Turkey.
“In the name of those who fight for freedom, I
ask you to allow a mission, which I will lead, that will bring humanitarian aid
to Syrian refugees in Turkey,” wrote Kara, who also serves as deputy minister of
the Negev and Galilee.
“As a Druse, with a wide regional orientation, I
have great concern for the fate of the Syrian nation at large, and specifically
the refugees that have been forced to flee their homes.”
Kara added, “As
a free person who lives in democratic Israel, I hope that all nations will get
the freedom that they were born to have.”
Kara said that the Turkish
embassy reacted with surprise, and that the letter will be brought to Erdogan
MK Robert Tibayev (Kadima), head of the Knesset’s
Israel-Turkey Friendship Association, sent a letter signed by 12 MKs from
Kadima, Meretz and Labor congratulating Erdogan on his re-election.
hope your reelection will signify the opening of a new chapter in Israel-Turkey
relations – a chapter of fruitful cooperation for the benefit of our two
countries and people,” Tivayev wrote. “Let us bury the grudges of the recent
past, the tragic events of the Marmara flotilla, and find inspiration in the
long history of friendship and cooperation between our countries.”
Meir Sheetrit (Kadima), one of the letter’s signatories, said “Israel and Turkey
should leave their disagreements aside and start a new path.”
pointed out that “despite everything that’s happened, trade relations with
Turkey are still very good. Turkey is important to Israel, and the past doesn’t
have to ruin that.”
He added, “Erdogan used the conflict as a political
tool, to gain more support.
Now that he was reelected, he can go back to
the routine of good relations with Israel.”