Israel refutes Turkish FM's criticism

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 25, 2010 22:23

Israel responded to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu's remarks that Israel has not reciprocated Turkish overtures for peace, saying the Jewish state's "record in sending humanitarian aid to Turkey speaks for itself and it speaks in a much more truthful and friendly manner than this statement by the Turkish foreign minister," Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.

Davutoglu on Saturday said that Turkey immediately aided Israel during the Carmel fires but Israel would have taken days to help Turkey if the situation were reversed.

Israel gave Turkey assistance for earthquakes on two occasions as well as recent assistance offered that Turkey turned down, Palmor said.

He also said that "Israel has never made it a mystery that it wants good relations with Turkey. This has been our unchanged goal and remains so."


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