Israel sends warm message to Turkey after 'temporary' status quo

A senior Israeli official signaled warm ties with Turkey after a "temporary" status quo that got worst after a Turkish series crisis.

Israel sends warm message to Turkey after 'temporary' status quo

World Bulletin / News Desk

A senior Israeli official signaled warm ties with Turkey after a "temporary" status quo that got worst after a Turkish series showed an Israeli soldier shot dead a Palestinian child, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.

Israeli Vice Prime Minister, Silvan Shalom, said Friday the recent bad developments between Turkey and Israel were temporary.

Turkey's public broadcaster TRT has removed scenes of Israeli violence against Palestinians from the TV series " Separation" that caused a diplomatic row with Israel.

Speaking to Turkish reporters on his country's recent relations with Turkey, Shalom said that Israel wanted to go back to times of good relations with Turkey.

"Turkish President Abdullah Gul is a very good friend of mine, Shalom said, "Turkey and Israel should go back to the times of good will and good relations."

The two countries have many common points and interests, Shalom stressed.

The status quo between Turkey and Israel is temporary and I want to believe that we will overcome the present situation, Shalom said.

Asked about what caused the recent tension between Turkey and Israel, Shalom indicated that he did not know what triggered the tension.

The tension was not caused by the Israeli side, Shalom said.

I believe that the two countries will find ways to overcome the difficulties, Shalom also said.

TRT is sponsoring the 13-episodes series with the motto "7 countries, 7 headliners".

"Separation" underlines that the believe will not dissappear in the holy territory which becomes symbol of the humanitarian joint place for both Palestinians and Israelis without discrimination between Muslims or Jews.

Series crisis

First episode, titled "Palestine in Love and War", was shot in the first qibla (direction of the Muslim prayers) Al-Aqsa mosque and the most important place for Jewish believers, Wailing Wall.

Other episodes of "Separation" was shot in Armenia, Chechnya, Iran, Ozbekstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan alongside Turkey.

The first episode portrayed Israeli forces as shooting innocent Palestinian civilians, insulting and ridiculing them.

Israeli soldiers were shown killing a newborn baby, a little girl and an elderly man on his way to pilgramage in Mecca.

Observers say the series was inspired by true events and actions carried out by Israeli soldiers.

Earlier, Turkey has said bilateral ties will continue to suffer unless Israel ends the humanitarian tragedy in the Gaza Strip and revives peace talks with the Palestinians.

Earlier this year, outspoken Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has harshly criticised Israeli war in Gaza in Dec-Jan during Davos Summit. He also critised Israeli nuclear arms during the last meeting of United Nations Security Council.
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