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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It's come to this: Israelis warned not to travel to Turkey shortly after Erdogan accuses Israel of genocide

I suppose it was inevitable that it would come to this. Israel's counter-terrorism service is warning Israelis not to travel to Turkey. And earlier today, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of genocide against the 'Palestinians.'
The National Security Council's counter terrorism bureau advised Israelis Tuesday night to avoid traveling to Turkey because of the threat of an impending terrorist attack there.

A statement issued by the bureau said terrorist elements were planning an attack against "Israeli/Jewish targets in Turkey in the coming days." Therefore, according to the advisory, Israel's should refrain from visiting the country.

The advisory came less than a week after the Mossad – according to a report in the Turkish daily Hurriyet - warned that Israel’s diplomatic missions in the country could be targeted by Iran.


The advisory also came just hours after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who in recent weeks had toned down a bit his anti-Israel rhetoric, stepped it up once again, accusing Israel of committing genocide.

"We are asking that Israel stop the genocide it is carrying out against Palestinians in Gaza," Erdogan said. "We are asking Israeli residents, the children of the Holocaust, to stop the attacks against the Palestinians people. The government is carrying out terrorist actions; I ask that the people say enough to this terror."

Foreign Minister spokesman Yigal Palmor responded by saying, "If targeting rocket shooters is genocide, what would Mr. Erdogan call killing Kurdish civilians?"
Please stay away from Turkey. Whether or not you are an Israeli.

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