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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Erdogan's government boycotts Israel Independence day

I suppose there was no reason to expect it to be otherwise. No current member of the Turkish government showed up at the Israeli embassy's Independence day celebration last week (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
The Israeli Embassy celebrated the 63rd anniversary of the Jewish state's independence on Monday in Ankara, but not a single Turkish government official showed up for the event.

Former Foreign Trade Minister Kürşad Tüzmen, former Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Güler, Higher Education Board (YÖK) President Yusuf Ziya Özcan, former Judges and Prosecutors Association (YARSAV) President Ömer Faruk Eminağaoğlu and US Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone participated in the reception, hosted by Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Gaby Levy on Monday.

Asked by reporters about participation from the Turkish government, Levy said the embassy had extended invitations to government officials but that it is up to them to accept or decline.
In the meantime, there is no Turkish ambassador to Israel and the current Turkish government continues to obsess with venomous hatred toward us.

What could go wrong?

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At 5:06 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Who cares?

I don't think any one in Israel wants Turkey's approval.

Its time to bring the Ambassador home. No good is served with him remaining in Ankara.


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