Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) criticized the government's handling of the diplomatic crisis
with Ankara on Monday, following reports that Israeli tourists were detained
at the airport in Turkey.
recognizes Israel's weakness and is allowing itself to behave as never
before," Livni said at a conference on regional cooperation.RELATED:40 Israelis detained, questioned in Istanbul airportFischer warns of damage to Israeli-Turkish trade
"I've had many meetings with Erdogan, but even then, in difficult
situations, we were able to recruit Turkey to our side," she explained.
“Our reaction to the flotilla was justified, as is the naval blockade
[on Gaza],” the Kadima leader added, “but arresting or detaining Israeli
citizens in the airport in Turkey is unacceptable.”
Livni warned that relations with Turkey could further deteriorate,
saying that “this will not end with just detainments in the airport.
“Games of musical chairs will not fix this relationship, and Israel must
repair it,” she added. “We cannot accept this government’s statement
that this inevitable. I was there, and it is not necessarily
Livni explained that Israel is “in a dangerous, unprecedented situation.
Israel is isolated and is paying the price.”
Also on Monday, Israel Beiteinu MK Moshe Matalon called for Israeli
tourists to boycott Turkey.
that Israeli tourists experienced today in Istanbul shows Israeli
citizens once and for all that they are no longer wanted in Turkey and
that the policies of the Erdogan government towards Israel have already
been internalized by Turkish citizens,” Matalon said.
“Israeli tourists have enough places in Israel and around the
world to visit where they are welcomed,” he added. “If the Turkish don’t
want us, they won’t get us.”
Matalon plans to
open a Facebook page to support his initiative, which he has asked the
public to “like.”