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Israel FM: We will not cut our diplomatic ties with Turkey

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely on 1 May 2017 [Tzipi Hotovely /Facebook]
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely on 1 May 2017 [Tzipi Hotovely /Facebook]

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it had decided not to sever its diplomatic ties with Ankara following recent tension in the relationship resulting from Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip last Monday, which took the life of tens of Palestinian and injured thousands.

Israeli Radio quoted Tzipi Hotovely, the Deputy Foreign Minister as saying "After having several consultations, including those with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, we decided not to sever ties with Turkey."

"Turkey is a huge country in the region, our airlines pass through its airspace, we share business relations together and Turkey has a large Jewish community there which needs an Israeli backup," she said. In the same interview she attacked, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, describing him as "a tyrant with hands stained with blood."

Read: A new crisis in Turkey-Israel relations

Further, Minister of Science and Technology Ofir Akunis has recently described Erdogan as "the fascist who hates Israel".

While the Minister of Internal Security, Gilad Erdan, has suggested isolating Turkey i and "uncovering the anti-Semitic face of Erdogan."

"Israel must recognize the Armenian holocaust and take five steps in international action against Erdogan and Turkey," Erdan has said.

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