Israeli Foreign Minister Urges Jewish Organizations to Support Turkey

(Combined Sources)–Accoring to the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet–Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom recently met with the leadership of Jewish organizations in the US–asking for their support for Turkey in fighting a US Congressional resolution on the Armenian genocide. Israeli diplomatic sources said that Shalom warned that the adoption of such a resolution by US Congress would harm the "special relation" the US–Turkey–and Israel share.

Haaretz journalist Yossi Sarid wrote in a column on Tuesday about Israel’s motives for such actions.

Citing the relationship with Turkey–Sarid–in his article "Israel Is among the Holocaust Deniers," warns that Turkey’s use of "heavy pressure worldwide to prevent the historical responsibility for the genocide," is ineffective–and warns Israel and other countries to scrutinize profits and losses of supporting such a country. He also points to Israel’s fear of losing "uniqueness" to the Jewish Holocaust by recognizing another nation’s genocide.

"The Israeli Foreign Ministry–and not only it–is always afraid of its own shadow and thus it casts a dark shadow over us all as accomplices to the ‘silence of the world"…I have always believed that moral policies pay off in the long run–while rotten policies end up losing," Sarid writes in summing up his piece.


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