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Israel's Lieberman slams Turkey over embassy protests
Published Saturday 19/07/2014 (updated) 19/07/2014 13:02
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A Turkish protestor wearing a scarf over his face, waves a Palestinian
flag during a demonstration to denounce the Israeli military operations
in Gaza on July 18, 2014 in front of the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul
(AFP Ozan Kose)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has slammed Turkey's handling of violent anti-Israeli protests in Ankara and Istanbul, in a diplomatic spat over the assault on Gaza.

Lieberman accused Turkey of not taking the "necessary preventative measures" to stop protests getting violent after people angered by the offensive in Gaza tried to storm Israeli embassy buildings.

"Israel protests strongly against the flagrant violation of diplomatic rules by Turkish authorities and security forces during demonstrations after the inflammatory statements of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan," Lieberman said in a statement late Friday.

Israel on Friday ordered some of its diplomatic staff in Turkey to leave the country for security reasons.

Turkish protesters overnight tried to break into the ambassador's residence in Ankara as well as the consulate in Istanbul, with the diplomatic controversy over the Gaza assault risking a new crisis in relations with Turkey.

Public radio said the foreign ministry had advised Israelis against non-essential travel to Turkey.

Erdogan, a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause, has vehemently criticized Israeli actions in Gaza, accusing Israel of carrying out a "genocide" of Palestinians in an operation that has killed more than 300 people in the besieged Strip.

"Israel is a state which knows very well how to kill children," Erdogan said Friday.

The unrest came as President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Turkey to urge support for an Egyptian ceasefire proposal in Gaza.

Hamas, the main power in the Gaza Strip, rejected an initial ceasefire proposal Tuesday by Egypt, which is ruled by a regime hostile to the Islamist movement.

Erdogan has ruled out any improvement in troubled ties with Israel as long as he remained in power.

Erdogan on Friday also slammed Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as an illegitimate tyrant, saying Cairo could not be relied upon to negotiate a truce with Israel.

"Is Sisi a party (to a ceasefire)? Sisi is a tyrant himself," Erdogan told reporters.
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1 ) Ru / England, UK
19/07/2014 11:07
Erdogan is right. Sisi is a tyrant and a Zionist puppet. Woe for Egypt and woe for Gaza whilst he remains in power. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/09/16/al-sisi-jew/

2 ) Free / Palestine
19/07/2014 15:51
Protest in UK very peaceful: Tens of thousands on the London #GazaJ19 protest for peace, justice & a Free Palestine. Stretching length of Whitehall and beyond (today 19/7/2014). Someone tweeted police expect upwards of 25, 000!!

3 ) Mel / USA
19/07/2014 21:27
Thats funny(sick)coming from a savage,rabid animal,like Lieberman whose own "preeventive measures"would include "Gas the Arabs", &"transfer"(ethnically cleanse)ALL Palestine,alive or dead!He's not even truely Jewish by faith or by culture.Shove him a cage where he belongs &spray Skunk on him instead of spraying good Palestinians.Oh but wait!! He smells WORSE than the spray anyway!Foreign Minister?LOL! An aiport baggage-handler,bar-bouncer,arms-trafficker & child-batterer(1990's). Riiiiiight! LOL

4 ) Face the Facts / Canada
20/07/2014 06:23
Erdogan should mind his own business, he trained terrorists to go destroy Syria, now he buts his nose in where it doesn't belong. Hamas is not Palestine. Peace, seek peace.
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