President Shimon Peres telephoned Turkish President Abdullah Gul Sunday and offered him Israeli aid following a massive earthquake that may have killed up to 1,000 people. The president also sent his condolences for those killed in the quake.
Peres told his Turkish counterpart, "The State of Israel shares your pain in the aftermath of the earthquake." He added, "I am speaking as a human, as a Jew and as an Israeli who remembers and is well aware of the historic ties between our peoples. It is from that place that I send, in the name of my entire people, condolences to the families of those killed."
At this difficult time, he added, Israel "is prepared to offer any aid that is needed, anywhere in Turkey at any time."