Jun 04 2018

Israel pushes 'Armenian genocide' bill debate to after Turkish elections

Israel on Sunday postponed the planned debate on recognizing the Armenian genocide after the country's Foreign Ministry recommended the matter be delayed until after Turkey’s June 24 parliamentary and presidential elections, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry made the decision citing the debate "would likely help Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the elections," Deutsche Welle said.

The Turkish president is looking to retain his seat on June 24, after which a new executive presidential system will come into effect that will grant increased powers to the president.

Tensions have been flaring between Ankara and Tel Aviv since Erdoğan called Israel a ‘’terror state,’’ for killing more than 100 Palestinians and wounding thousands more in Gaza recent months, including some 60 killed in protests which broke out in response to planned U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem last month. 

Most international scholars and 29 countries recognise the events which led to the death of over 1 million Armenians starting in 1915 as a genocide; Turkey, however, admits that massacres took place but rejects the term genocide.