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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday leveled criticism at Turkey for what he called "weekly" condemnations of Israel.
Speaking during a visit to Azerbaijan's capital Baku, Lieberman said that Israel had been "supporting close relations with Turkey for 10 years." He said that the recent change in Ankara's stance, since Operation Cast Lead against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, was "unexpected."
Turkey can't keep repeating this "sharp anti-Israel line" every week,
the foreign minister told an Azerbaijani television station.
Nonetheless, he said, Israel is doing everything in its power to maintain ties and coordinate closely with Turkey.
"We hope Turkey will make certain amendments to its foreign policy," he added.
Lieberman's comments came some two weeks after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Israel “should give some thought to what it would be like to lose a friend like Turkey in the future,” in an interview with the Euronews channel.
“We have important ongoing agreements between us. How can these
agreements be kept going in this climate of mistrust? I think Israel
had better take another look at its relations with its neighbors if it
believes it is a world power,” Erdoğan said in the interview.
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The Turkish premier said that the humiliation of Turkish Ambassador to
Israel Oguz Celikkol by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon had “no
place in international politics.”
Earlier in January, Aylaon called Celikkol in for a public dressing
down over a Turkish television show that depicted Mossad agents as baby
snatchers. At that meeting, Ayalon instructed the camera crews, in
Hebrew and in the ambassador's presence, not to film them shaking
hands, to show that the Turkish envoy was sitting on a lower sofa, to
show that there was only an Israeli flag on the table and not to film
When asked by Euronews if Turkey could have handled relations with
Israel more diplomatically, Ergodan answered that “I am telling the
truth…And I will keep telling the truth.”
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