Turkey: Israel playing with fire by building settlements

December 11, 2012 16:49

Turkish President Abdullah Gül said on Tuesday Israel is "playing with fire" in its latest move to construct settlement units in Jerusalem and the West Bank, Turkish daily Today's Zaman reported.

Gül told a joint news conference held with his Palestinian counterpart, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, that Israel should be aware it is becoming more isolated in the international community and becoming a burden to its allies, putting them in a difficult situation, Zaman reported.

Gül stated Israel should have come to the negotiating table in a “peaceful manner” following the UN upgrade of the status of Palestine, but instead it announced new plans for settlements.

Gül added Turkey strongly condemned the “very dangerous” settlement move.

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