Gaza, 21 Rabiul Akhir 1434/3 March 2013 (MINA) – Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya has lashed out at the Zio-American campaign against Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

        Haneyya said in a statement on Friday that Erdogan’s statements were true and correct and unveiled the falsity of the Zionist movement.

        He said that the statements reflected Erdogan’s stable position and his country’s commitment to the Palestine cause, according to www.qassam.ps reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Sunday.

        The Israeli government and the White House had criticized Erdogan for his statement Addressing the Fifth Alliance of Civilizations Forum in the Austrian capital city of Vienna on Wednesday that “Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism, and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against humanity”.

US worry deterioration of Turkish-Israeli relations

         Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the news conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Ankara denied that Turkish officials were uttering hostile or offensive language. He repeatedly referred to the deaths of nine civilians at the hands of Israeli commandos aboard a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship in 2010.

          He added: “If Israel wants to hear positive statements from Turkey, it needs to review its attitude. It needs to review its attitude towards us, and it needs to review its attitude towards the people in the region and especially the West Bank settlements issue.”

          The deterioration of Turkish-Israeli relations has been a matter of deep worry for the US.

          Turkey and Israel were once important allies, but relations deteriorated sharply after the 2010 raid.

          The development comes as, Turkey severed all ties with Israel over the 2010 killing of nine Turkish activists on a flotilla aid headed to Gaza, setting an official apology, paying compensation to the families of the victims and ending the blockade of the Gaza Strip as preconditions for the normalization of relations with the Israeli regime.

           Turkey is a co-sponsor, along with Spain, of the UN initiative to promote tolerance and understanding between various religions. (T/P02/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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