Thursday, July 20, 2006

TURKEY: CURRENT MIDDLE EAST CRISIS TESTS FRIENDSHIP WITH ISRAEL

Istanbul, 20 July (AKI) - Could growing Turkish outrage over Israel's military intervention in Gaza and Lebanon jeopardise the long-standing friendship between the Jewish state and Turkey, its most strategic ally in the Muslim world?

On Wednesday,Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted Israel's assault on Lebanon. "One cannot hold a country (Lebanon) repsonsible for an act by an organisation (Hezbollah). One cannot annihilate an entire country and all the civilians in it. It does not contribute to global peace."

Ordinary Turks appeared to share their premier's sentiments.

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