Baku, Azerbaijan, July 26
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey's policy towards Israel is not directed against the Jewish people, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on July 26, Turkish TV channel Haber7 reported.
"There are certain forces willing to present Ankara's strict policy towards Israel's aggression against the Palestinians as anti-Semitism, which is impossible in Turkey," he said.
Erdogan stressed that the Jews live in Turkey and they are all citizens of the country.
"The Jews in Turkey are under state protection as other citizens," Erdogan added.
Currently, some 22,000 Jews live in Turkey, according to the official statistics.
The protests against Israel's hostilities in the Gaza Strip began in various cities of Turkey.
"Turkey will not remain silent while Israel carries out military aggression against the Palestinian people," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier.
"Some Western countries turn a blind eye to Israel's actions," he added. "This testifies to the fact that they are also supporters of military aggression against the Palestinians."
Moreover, Erdogan likened Israeli actions against the Palestinians with the Nazis' actions against the Jewish people.
Erdogan said that Israel spreads terrorism in the region.
Some 10,000 Palestinians held an action of protest in Ramallah against Israel's hostilities in Gaza on the morning of July 25.
Three people were killed and 30 were injured during the clashes between Israeli soldiers and the Palestinians.
It is reported that the Israeli military used tear gas and water cannons against the demonstrators.
The protests against Israel's hostilities involving MPs from the ruling and opposition parties have been recently held in Turkey.
More than 884 Palestinians were killed during the 'Enduring Rock' operation which started on July 7.
It is reported that the Israeli army lost 45 servicemen during the hostilities.
Some 5,840 people were wounded.
Moreover, some 208 children and 101 women were killed during Israel's military operations in Gaza. Over 1,779 children and 1,112 women were wounded.
Some 80 Israeli servicemen were killed and more than 300 were wounded during the military operations.
Israel has recently agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to a short-term truce from 7:00 local time on July 26, the U.S representatives said in Cairo on July 25.
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