Recognition of Armenian Genocide Could Threaten Israel–Turkey Ties

Knesset Committee Mulls Memorial Day

By Haaretz

Published December 26, 2011.
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The Foreign Ministry warned that Israel’s possible recognition of the Armenian genocide, which was discussed in a Knesset committee on Monday, could lead to the serious deterioration of Israel’s ties with Turkey.

A Knesset committee discussed on Monday the possibility of setting a memorial day for the Armenian genocide by the Turkish people nearly 100 years ago, marking a first in Israeli history.

Several MKs expressed support for the move, saying that Israel, as a nation of the Jewish people who have experienced genocide, cannot ignore genocides in other countries.

However, the recognition of the Armenian genocide has long been a sensitive diplomatic issue due to the implications it has on Israel’s relationship with Turkey, which denies it.

“This subject, given the current atmosphere, could deteriorate our ties with Turkey,” A Foreign Ministry representative said during the discussion. “Our relationship with Turkey is very fragile and sensitive right now, and we cannot cross the line – we must approach the subject intelligently. Such a decision could have very serious strategic consequences.”

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