Zeev Elkin 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Knesset members reacted angrily to the downgrade in diplomatic relations by
Turkey on Friday.
“Turkey, which supports terrorist organizations that
shoot rockets at Israeli citizens every day, is the one that needs to apologize
and take responsibility,” coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) said. “Turkey,
which cruelly represses the national longings of the Kurds, is the last one who
can preach to us.”
“Israel needs to stand strong before the chutzpah and
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Likud MK Danny
Danon said: “Turkey crossed the line in supporting the flotilla and supporting
terrorism, and they have the nerve to ask us for apologies. Turkey needs to
apologize to Israel and to abandon the ways of terror and the axis of
Danon called for the US to declare Turkey a state that supports
terrorism, because of its close ties to Iran.
MK Yohanan Plesner (Kadima)
called the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador to Ankara “a new low in our
declining relations with Turkey over the last two years.
in our relations is not the result of Israel’s policy, but mainly comes from
other trends, but the new low was not inevitable,” Plesner said. “It still is
not too late to make a compromise that will serve our mutual interests:
Protecting IDF soldiers from lawsuits and expressing regret for the loss of
Kadima MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) called for restraint in
reacting to the downgrade.
“Our interest is to maintain relations with
Turkey as much as possible,” he said. “This is in Israel’s interest and in the
interest of the entire Middle East.
Israel has a responsibility to
maintain stability in the region.”
MK Arye Eldad (National Union) said
Israel should expel the Turkish ambassador and demand payment for damages to the
soldiers wounded during the May 2010 flotilla incident.
He added that he
plans to propose a bill to recognize the Armenian Genocide committed by the
Turks that began on 1915, as soon as the Knesset recess ends.
lawmakers also reacted strongly to the downgrade, saying it was
“This is the correct reaction after Israel continues to
disrespect human life, the nations of the region and neighboring countries’
sovereignty,” said MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad), who was aboard the Mavi Marmara last
“Just as Israel is planning a new social order, it should consider
a new diplomatic policy, in which it pays a heavy price for the oppression,
occupation and belligerence,” she said.
MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab
List-Ta’al) said, “Whoever kills pays a price.
“The Israeli Judaism will
lead to an apology from the most extreme and most arrogant Israeli government,”
“It is only a matter of time – the blood of the Turkish
victims is screaming from the ground and the water.”