Dec 13 2017

Reconciliation with Turkey was a mistake - Israeli opposition leader

Israel’s reconciliation deal with Turkey last year was a “diplomatic mistake,” Israeli opposition party Yesh Atid’s leader Yair Lapid was quoted as saying by news website The Times of Israel.

Lapid said his party would draft a bill in the Israeli parliament to recognise the Armenian Genocide, suggested that the government support an independent Kurdish state and called for the cancellation of the joint gas pipeline project with Turkey; all of which are the moves that would certainly anger Ankara further amid a spiralling war of words between two countries, the website said.

Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called Israel a terrorist state, while Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Erdoğan of bombing Kurdish civilians and helping terrorists, The Times of Israel wrote.

Lapid was quoted as adding:

“Someone who denies the murder of hundreds of thousands of children in the Armenian genocide won’t lecture us. Someone who cooperated with Iran and Hezbollah in Syria, in a war which has left half a million dead, won’t lecture us.”