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Iran warns Turkey: Don’t renew ties with Israel

Iranian official says that Turkey restoring ties with Israel goes against the rights of the Palestinian people.

By Elad Benari


Iran on Monday chimed in on the reports that Israel and Turkey are set to normalize ties, asking the Turkish government to rethink the idea.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran and quoted by the semiofficial Fars news agency, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari warned Turkey about attempts to resume relations with Israel, claiming that doing so would be against the rights of Palestinian Arabs.

“The Muslim governments should adopt policies which meet their and the Islamic Ummah’s interests as well as the rights of the Palestinian nation,” he said.

“The Turkish government shouldn’t pursue a different path (in relations) with the Quds occupying regime under such conditions that its relations with the neighboring governments have gone under certain developments,” Jaber Ansari added, according to Fars.

Last week it was reported that Israel and Turkey, in secret talks in Switzerland, had reached “understandings” to normalize ties that were downgraded following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.

According to those reported understandings, the deal would have Israel pay compensation to the families of the radical activists on board the flotilla who attacked IDF soldiers with lethal force, and would also launch talks on natural gas exports to Turkey. Turkey, in return, will not allow terrorist activity on its soil, and will


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