Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni has telephoned Turkey’s Foreign Minister to express her condolences following a bomb blast in Ankara. The ex-Israeli Foreign Minister told her one-time counterpart Ahmat Davutoglu that “Israel has suffered from many terrorist attacks and is aware of the seriousness of attacking innocent people”.
Three Turkish citizens were killed in Tuesday’s attack; fifteen others were wounded. Livni stressed the importance of ensuring continued “humanitarian assistance and solidarity” between Ankara and Tel Aviv. Sources in Livni’s Kadima Party said that she initiated the call, said to be the first such conversation between senior politicians from Turkey and Israel since the start of the crisis in relations between the two states.