Minister says Turkey against Israel gov't policies, not Jews
A Turkish minister said on Monday that Turkey was opposing to the policies of the Israeli government.
Cemil Cicek, Turkey's state minister, deputy prime minister and government spokesman, said that Turkey was against the policies of the Israeli government.
"What Turkey is opposing is the policies of the Israeli government," Cicek told reporters after the cabinet meeting in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
Cicek said that Turkey's stance had nothing to do with the Israeli people, people of Jewish origin or the Turkish citizens of Jewish origin.
The minister said that all the Turkish citizens of Jewish origin had worked to further develop Turkey.
"All the citizens living in our country have the same rights and their security is under the guarantee of the state," Cicek said.
Cicek said that Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan would participate in a meeting of foreign ministers of 32 countries, including European Union (EU) member states, Egypt, Norway, Palestine and Jordan to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli dispute.
The minister said that more than 5,000 people were wounded in the attacks on Gaza, 4,000 buildings had been demolished, and more than 50,000 people were left homeless.
Cicek said that the financial loss was around 1.9 billion USD, and around 25 percent of the Palestinians who lost their lives were children and women according to United Nations (UN) resources.
The minister said that this rate was 42 percent according to another source.
Cicek also said that Turkey had been in an effort from the beginning to ensure a cease-fire and convey humanitarian aid to the isolated people in Gaza.
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