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President Abdullah Gül said Thursday that Turkey never harassed Israeli
tourists at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport, despite reports that some 40
passengers were singled out and underwent more stringent security
procedures than other travelers.Speaking to pan-Arab Al-Arabiya, Gül restated Turkish plans to head to the International Criminal Court to determine
the legality of the blockade on the Gaza Strip adding that Ankara rejected
the UN-backed Palmer report which legitimized the IDF blockade.
Gül said that the deterioration of ties between Ankara and Jerusalem was not being directed towards "individuals."
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Turning to Syria, Gül said that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu's
visit to Damascus last month was a "last chance" for Syrian President
Bashar Assad, who has been fighting anti-government protesters since
March of this year.
Gül denied that Turkey has no hidden agenda in the Syrian protests, and condemned the recent deaths of 20 anti-regime activists in Homs.
The Turkish president said that Turkey has been a role model in the so-called Arab Spring revolutions.
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