Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fwd: Israel

From: larry.r.trout

'Leaders on Friday reacted to the dramatic turning-point in Turkey-Israel relations after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu apologized for the killing of nine Turkish citizens in a 2010 naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.


Foreign Minister and chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Avigdor Liberman, said that Israel's apology to Turkey is a "serious mistake," Army Radio reported Friday…


Israeli leaders from across the political spectrum reacted positively to the news, with party leader Tzipi Livni welcoming the reconciliation between Israel and Turkey.


"This is a very important step, and the right one, as I told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu," Livni wrote on her Facebook.


"In these times, especially looking at what is happening in Syria, there are mutual security interests between Israel, Turkey and the United States," Livni stated, adding that it was an excellent final note on which to end Obama's visit.


Similarly, opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich on Friday praised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to reconcile with his Turkish counterpart, saying it is "best to swallow one's pride and do what is beneficial for the state."


"Hopefully reconciliation with the Turks after three years is the first step towards a new policy of strengthening Israel's diplomatic and strategic standing," Yacimovich said in a statement.'


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