National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Abraham Foxman's latest article, which was recently posted on the web-site of Jewish magazine "The Jewish Advocate" and which reiterates his allegations on the 1915 incidents, was written before he sent a letter of apology to Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, diplomatic sources said on Thursday.
According to sources, the article which reiterates Foxman's remarks alleging that the 1915 incidents "were indeed tantamount to genocide", was written before his letter to Erdogan, however, it was published by the magazine afterwards.
Meanwhile, replying to questions at a reception yesterday, Israeli Ambassador in Ankara Pinhas Avivi indicated that the article published by the magazine was the reiteration of ADL's statement of last week.
On the other hand, Israeli President Shimon Peres, who called President Abdullah Gul to congratulate him on his presidency, told Gul that they attached high importance to Turkish-Israeli relations and that they would always be on Turkey's side.
ADL, an influential American Jewish organization fighting against anti-Semitism, earlier said that it would acknowledge Armenian allegations on the 1915 incidents in Ottoman Turkey.
Abraham Foxman, the National Director of ADL, said in a statement that his organization had come to share the view that the 1915 incidents "were indeed tantamount to genocide," but added that the organization maintained its opposition against bringing the issue to Congressional floor.
Upon reactions in Turkey, Foxman sent a letter of apology to Erdogan last Friday, saying, "I am writing this letter to you to express our sorrow over what we have caused for the leadership and people of Turkey in the past few days"
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