• Turkey, Israel's main regional ally, has denounced anti-Israeli remarks by hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
• Turkish FM Spokesman Tan: "Such statements [only] increase instability and crises of confidence...These statements contradict with relations of understanding and dialogue in our civilized world".
Turkey warned Iran and all Middle East states for not escalating international tensions and mistrust between nations. Iranian President Ahmadinejad had said Thursday that the 'tumor' of the state of Israel should be relocated to Europe. "If Germany and Austria believe Jews were massacred during World War II", he said, "a state of Israel should be established on their soil". Ahmedinejad also argued that there was no Jewish genocide.
"It is impossible to approve of such statements of a bellicose nature at a time when dialogue, reconciliation and cooperation are needed," Foreign Ministry spokesman Namýk Tan said in a written statement released late on Friday.
"Such statements [only] increase instability and crises of confidence."
"Resolving existing problems and preventing the creation of new problems and disasters must be everybody's priority," the statement said.
Turkey has been Israel's main regional ally since 1996, when the two countries signed a military cooperation accord.
Ankara has recently moved to improve relations with Tehran after years of animosity, marked by accusations that Iran was seeking to export the Islamic revolution to Turkey to undermine its strictly secular system. Another problem between Turkey and Iran was the PKK: Syria and Iran supported the separatist Kurdist groups for the years. However the US occupation in Iraq has shifted both states' Kurdish policies. Now Syria and Iran consider PKK and other Kurdist separatist groups as one of the most dangerous threat to their national interests.
Turkey has so far "openly and sharply" shared its opinion regarding the issue with the international community and agrees with world reaction, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül said at the time, when asked to comment on Turkey's reaction as being weak when compared to the global reaction in general.
Ahmadinejad had then sparked an international uproar when he advocated the destruction of Israel by saying it should be "wiped off the map." He also said, "Any country that signs a treaty recognizing the entity of Israel means they have signed the surrender of the Muslim world," and warned Muslim leaders who recognize Israel that they "face the wrath of their own people."
However Turkey does not agree with Iranian President. "No one should try to guide us," Turkish FM Gul said without elaborating, in apparent reference to Ahmadijenad's remarks. The region needs peace, and Turkey has always been opposed to anything that upsets or threatens regional peace, Gul added.
ISRAEL: "VERY DANGEROUS"
Israel called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 'very dangerous' after he expressed doubt that the Holocaust occurred and suggested the Jewish state be moved to Europe.
"This was not a misstatement or a passing remark", Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said. "It is a systematic way of thinking which is intended to bring about the annihilation of the state of Israel" Mr. Shalom added.
'TIMING AND STYLE ARE UNACCEPTABLE'
Turkish ME experts find Ahmedinejad's statement 'unacceptable'. Melek Burak told the JTW that Iranian President's style and timing are not acceptable and dangerous. Dr. Sedat Laciner, head of the Ankara-based International Strategic Research Organization (USAK), said that Iran should not increase tension in the region. "The last thing we need in the region is a second-Iraq. Iran, Israel and all of the nations in the region should be extremely careful. Iran's most important problem is not Israel or the U.S. Iran's main problems should be its poor economy, unbalanced distribution of wealth, stability and political-social development" Mr. Laciner said. According to Dr. Laciner Ahmedinejad's Israel statements increase the tension in the region and does not help the regional trust and dialogue between the West and the region.
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