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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

International Holocaust Rememberance Day: Turkey Condemns anti-Semitism

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Today is international Holocaust Memorial day, a day established not long ago to honor victims of the Nazi genocide. It took a bit of courage and grace for Turkey to issue a statement condemning the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism. Remember, this is the Middle East, where Holocaust denial and Anti-Semitism are taught in the school systems of many countries, and where even UN schools for Palestinians do not teach about the Holocaust. Turkey maintains good relations with Iran. Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insists that the Holocaust is a myth invented by Zionists.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Tuesday with a statement in which it condemned the Holocaust and vowed to prevent anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination.
Sources in the Israeli Foreign Ministry say that the Turkish statement was exceptional compared to statements of recent years.

"Condemning the Holocaust as the most grave and unprecedented crime against humanity throughout history, taking necessary precautions to prevent genocides in the future and promoting the endeavors to educate new generations are not only a duty of every member state of the UN, but also an obligation to humanity," the Turkish statement read.
"Stemming from its belief in mutual understanding, tolerance, freedom, security and democracy, Turkey is resolute to continue its stance to prevent anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination."

The Turkish statement also commended Turkish diplomats who risked their lives during the Second World War to save people from the Nazis.

The Turkish statement did not refer specifically to Israel or Jews as victims of the Holocaust.
A few days ago, the Israeli Foreign Ministry released a seven-page report to the "septet" of key cabinet ministers in which Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was charged with indirectly inciting and encouraging anti-Semitism.

According to the report, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon's humiliation of the Turkish ambassador earlier this month seriously offended Turkey, but also made it clear to Ankara that it had crossed red lines in its relationship with Israel.

The report was written by the Center for Political Research, which performs the ministry's in-house intelligence analysis, and has already been distributed to Israeli embassies and consulates abroad.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Ayalon, both of Yisrael Beiteinu, are the leaders of the government's aggressive anti-Turkey faction, while Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Industry Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, both of Labor, head the conciliatory, pro-Turkey faction.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Report: Turks using Israeli UAVs in N. Iraq with help of Israeli crews

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 Last update - 20:15 26/12/2007       
Report: Turkey using UAVs in N. Iraq with help of Israeli crews
By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent
Turkey has begun activating Israeli-issued unmanned aircrafts in its military operation in northern Kurdish Iraq with the assistance of teams from Israel's Aviation Industry, Turkish sources were quoted as saying in a report to be published Thursday in the Turkish Daily News.
 
Ten days ago, Turkish television reported that Turkey had begun using the Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), which Israel sold to an Ankara company in a 2004 deal. Thursday's report will be the first disclosure of participation of Israeli personnel in activating the UAVs for Turkish operations.
 
The Turkish News Daily quoted a Turkish army source saying that because of a shipment delay on the part of Israeli companies, the Turkish Air Force has been prevented from acquiring crucial intelligence abilities.

Turkey has accused the Israeli companies of not following through with their end of the deal regarding the sale of the UAVs. According to the report, the Israeli companies have decided to supply Turkey with the UAVs as a temporary solution under a $10 million lease.
 
In 2004, the Israeli Aviation Industry and Elbit Systems won a tender to supply Turkey with the Heron UAVs, a tactical drone that is already in operational use in the Israel Defense Forces, beating out competition from the United States and France.
 
According to the deal, the Aviation Industry was to supply the UAVs, while Elbit was to provide the ground stations and communications systems for the drone.
 
The first shipment was initially set for October 2007, but has been postponed until the spring of 2008.
 
A source in the Aviation Industry said in response to the report that the delay is not the fault of the Industry, and vowed that it would fulfill all obligations to which it signed.
 

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