PM: Turkey does not intend to negotiate with Israel on Gaza situation
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.16/ Trend A.Taghiyeva /
Turkey does not intend to negotiate with the Israeli authorities to resolve the situation in the Gaza Strip, TRT Haber TV channel quotes Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Friday.
"Turkish-Israeli relations are currently at zero level, therefore speaking about the negotiations between Ankara and Tel Aviv to halt Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip does not make sense," Erdogan said.
Countries having close relations with Israel should hold negotiations with it, Erdogan said.
He also added that tonight he will hold telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama, and he plans to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to resolve the situation in the Gaza Strip.
Earlier Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that despite the fact that today Turkish-Israeli relations are frozen, Ankara should hold talks with Tel Aviv to halt military operations in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli Air Force carried out attacks today, the second day of operations in the Gaza Strip, aimed at about a 100 targets and killing three members of the HAMAS movement's military wing, bringing the total number of killed Palestinians to at least 11.
Operation Pillar of Cloud has been a large scale operation carried out over the past four years. Tanks and naval ships are involved in the shelling of Gaza in addition to planes. Representatives of the Israeli political leadership and military command do not rule out a land invasion.
Last time Israel brought ground troops into the enclave was in the winter of 2008-2009. Then the victims of the operation amounted to about 1400 Palestinians.