Israeli, Turkish Ministers Meet


Published July 01, 2010.
  • Print
  • Share Share

An Israeli Cabinet minister met with Turkey’s foreign minister in Brussels to improve relations between the two countries, according to Israeli and Turkish reports.

The meeting Wednesday between Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, which was supposed to be secret, was first disclosed in a report Wednesday night by Israel’s Channel 2. Senior Israeli government officials reportedly confirmed the Channel 2 report and said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak had approved the meeting, the content of which remains shrouded in secrecy.

Each country reportedly has said the other initiated the meeting.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly angry was that he was not informed of plans for the meeting.

“The foreign minister takes a grim view of the fact that the ministry was not informed,” a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry said, according to Haaretz. “It is a breach of all the proper procedures and a serious blow to the trust between the foreign minister and prime minister. Lieberman intends to sort this out thoroughly.”

A Netanyahu aide met Thursday morning with Lieberman to explain the breakdown in communications and apologize, Ynet reported.

Turkey, Israel’s most important ally in the Muslim world, withdrew its ambassador to Israel and canceled several planned joint military exercises following Israel’s interception on May 31 of a Gaza-bound flotilla, which ended in the deaths of nine passengers. Relations between the two countries have been deteriorating since the monthlong Gaza war in 2008-09.

Turkey has demanded that Israel apologize for its raid on the flotilla and pay compensation to the families of the dead, who were all Turkish citizens.

Find us on Facebook!
  • “I don’t want to say, ‘Oh oh, I’m not Jewish,’ because when you say that, you sound like someone trying to get into a 1950s country club, “and I love the idea of being Jewish." Are you a fan of Seth Meyers?
  • "If you want my advice: more Palestinians, more checkpoints, just more reality." What do you think?
  • Happy birthday Barbra Streisand! Our favorite Funny Girl turns 72 today.
  • Clueless parenting advice from the star of "Clueless."
  • Why won't the city give an answer?
  • BREAKING NEWS: Israel has officially suspended peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • Can you guess what the most boring job in the army is?
  • What the foolish rabbi of Chelm teaches us about Israel and the Palestinian unity deal:
  • Mazel tov to Idina Menzel on making Variety "Power of Women" cover!
  • "How much should I expect him and/or ask him to participate? Is it enough to have one parent reciting the prayers and observing the holidays?" What do you think?
  • New York and Montreal have been at odds for far too long. Stop the bagel wars, sign our bagel peace treaty!
  • Really, can you blame them?
  • “How I Stopped Hating Women of the Wall and Started Talking to My Mother.” Will you see it?
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel is redefining who they consider "Jewish" after a 17% drop in registration from 2011-2013. Is the "propaganda tag" keeping young people away?
  • Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Turns out, the Bard knew quite a bit about Jews.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?

We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.