Turkey's AKP MP in Israel for first high level-visit after Gaza attack

AK Party parliamentarian Kiniklioglu was the first high-level politician visiting Israel after last year's Israeli offensive on Gaza.

Turkey's AKP MP in Israel for first high level-visit after Gaza attack

A Turkish lawmaker said on Tuesday that Turkey's policy required it to be present in the Middle East.

Suat Kiniklioglu, an MP from the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party, delivered a speech in a conference in Tel Aviv, Israel and said Turkey's neighborhood policy required it to be present in the Middle East, Anadolu news agency reported.

"This is neither an option nor a luxury but a requirement," Kiniklioglu said in the conference.

Kiniklioglu said Turkey could not remain indifferent to clashes and tension in its geography, and would continue to be an actor to stabilize its region.

On Turkish-Israeli relations, Kiniklioglu said Turkish public was very sensitive about the agonies of the Palestinians.

Israel killed nearly 1500 Palestinians in Gaza offensive and destroyed homes, hospitals, schools, mosques in the besieged land.

Kiniklioglu said that the operation on Gaza went too far, and the current humanitarian situation in Gaza Strip had to be bettered and construction materials should be allowed in the region for reconstruction.

The lawmaker said Israel became more lonely after the operation on Gaza, and expressed Turkey's concern over the future of the region.

Kiniklioglu also said there was need for more dialogue.

AK Party parliamentarian Kiniklioglu was the first high-level politician visiting Israel after last year's Israeli offensive on Gaza.

Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade, & Labor Binyamin Ben Eliezer held talks in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey on the sidelines of a joint economic committee meeting at the end of October 2009. Eliezer met President Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as well as some ministers.

Israel now faces UN war crimes report that particularly details Israel's alleged war crimes during the Gaza offensive.

The report, which was compiled by a panel led by Richard Goldstone, a South African judge, had already been endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council, which sponsored the fact-finding commission.

Israeli forces deliberately attacked civilians, failed to take precautions to minimize loss of civilian life and cited strong evidence Israeli forces committed "grave breaches" of the Geneva Convention, the 575-page report noted.

The firing of white phosphorous shells and the use of high explosive artillery shells were listed as "violations of humanitarian law."

Israel has rejected a cooperation with the Goldstone team or had not allowed it onto its territory.



Agencies

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