Israeli Arab minister tries to calm Turkish anger

Wednesday, June 02, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

While several Israeli-Arab Knesset members publicly supported the terror-backed Gaza "aid" flotilla that was seized by Israel, and one MK was even a passenger on one of the ships, at least one Israeli-Arab government official did his best to support his country and calm the rising hatred in Turkey.

In a telephone call to his long-time acquaintance the Grand Mufti of Turkey on Tuesday, Deputy Minister of Development of the Negev and Galilee Ayoob Kara, a member of Israel's minority Arab Druze community, urged the preaching of calm to mobs of angry Turks.

Many of the so-called "peace" activists killed after attacking the Israeli boarding party on the main aid ship were Turkish nationals, members of a terrorist-supporting organization known as the IHH. Ankara has used that fact as an excuse to lead the international charge against Israel, and the Turkish public has responded by taking to the streets in mass protest, some even calling for the destruction of Israel.

Kara reminded the Mufti that "Israel is the most humanitarian country in the Middle East." He said Israel had never objected to the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza, and clarified the details of the violent confrontation on the high seas, which was clearly premeditated by the IHH and Hamas.

Kara said that the current atmosphere in Turkey is only going to lead to strained relations and perhaps even armed conflict in the future, prospects that won't benefit either country.

The Turkish mufti, who is described as a leading moderate force in his country, reportedly thanked Kara for the call and promised to take the message of calm and consideration to anyone who would listen.

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