'Israel could lose Turkey's friendship'

Erdogan slams Netanyahu for “climate of mistrust” that is undermining ties.

February 9, 2010 12:49
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Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey PM Erdogan 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

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.

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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 neighbours if it believes it is a world power,” Erdoğan said in the interview on Saturday.

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 them smiling.

Erdoğan also criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for saying that he trusted French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and not Erdogan, to serve as an unbiased mediator in peace talks with Syria. “This is diplomatic inexperience, too,” Erdogan said of the prime minister's statement, “Because when you say this… How can I trust you if you say you don’t trust me?”

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.”

The Turkish premier reiterated allegations against Israel over Operation Cast Lead and the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“When innocent civilians are ruthlessly killed, struck by phosphorus bombs, infrastructure is demolished in bombing and people are forced to live in an open-air prison… we can not see this as compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, simply human rights, and we can not close our eyes to all this happening,” Erdoğan said.

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