Turkey accuses ally Israel of 'terrorism'

Turkey, which has close ties with Israel, has accused the Jewish state of "terrorism" after the assasination of Hamas spiritual leader Shaikh Ahmad Yasin.

    Erdogan angered by Israeli action

    "This was a terrorism incident," Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as telling the mass-circulation newspaper Hurriyet on Thursday.

     

    "We need to say what kind of terrorism this falls under. If we want peace in the Middle East, if we want to solve the issues, Israel first of all needs to abandon this kind of attitude. To me, this approach has cast a shadow over peace," Erdogan said.

     

    Asked about offers by Turkey to assist in the peace process, Erdogan said: "There's nothing left to mediate. They've turned everything into a cloud of smoke... This incident has inflicted a serious wound on Middle East peace. There is nothing

    resembling a 'road map' left."

       

    Anxiety

     

    Tayyip Erdogan's remarks reflect NATO member Turkey's anxiety over escalating violence in the region after Israeli missile strikes killed the wheelchair-bound cleric in Gaza City on Monday.

     

    "This incident has inflicted a serious wound on Middle East peace. There is nothing resembling a 'road map' left"

    Tayyip Erdogan,
    prime minister, Turkey

    They also appear to be a departure from Turkey's recent overtures to mediate between Arabs and Israelis.    

       

    Muslim Turkey has traditionally supported Palestinian aspirations to statehood but has strong military, commercial and diplomatic relations with Israel.

       

    Erdogan, whose ruling Justice and Development Party traces its roots to a banned Islamist movement, said earlier this year Turkey had hoped to mediate between Israel and Syria, which held ultimately fruitless negotiations in the years up to 2000.

       

    Yasin's assassination is seen as a major setback to the United States' "road map" peace plan for the Middle East.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.