Senior Turkish official says Israeli ties never to be same after attack

Today's incident will be evaluated with calmness in the next several days. It is obvious that relations with Israel will never be the same, Celik said.

Senior Turkish official says Israeli ties never to be same after attack

Deputy Chairman of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Huseyin Celik said Monday "seemingly, relations with Israel will be extremely difficult from now on".

Speaking to reporters at the AK Party HQ in Ankara, Celik said that Turkey's relations with Israel will never be what they were after Israel attacked ships carrying aid material to Gaza on early Monday.

What Israel has done is unacceptable, Celik underlined.

Israel's act was piracy that took place out of the territorial waters of Israel, Celik stressed.

Condemning Israel's attack, Celik said that Turkey's ambassador in Israel was recalled on Monday and Turkey cancelled three military exercises that were scheduled with Israel.

Further, Celik said, the games of Turkey's U-18 national football team were cancelled.

Reminding that the United Nations Security Council was called for an urgent meeting, Celik said that Turkey was in touch with 32 countries whose citizens were in ships carrying humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

This issue is not Turkey's alone. We are making all efforts so that the international community raises its voice against Israel. In the past, Israel committed similar atrocities. However, the world watched such atrocities with the understanding that 'the strong is right'. It is high time to say that 'the right is the strong'. We hope that the international community will do what it has to do, Celik said.

Not only the UN Security Council but also the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League have been called to hold meetings. Other international organizations have been requested to hold meetings regarding the matter. Turkey is playing an active and effective role in calling international organizations to action, Celik said.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning back from Latin America. Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug cut his trip to Egypt short and returned to Turkey. The attack on the ships has diplomatic, political and military dimensions, Celik said.

Today's incident will be evaluated with calmness in the next several days. It is obvious that relations with Israel will never be the same, Celik also said.


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