Erdogan Extends Special Rosh Hashanah Greeting to Jews

Turkish PM wishes a happy new year to Jewish Turks, says the holidays and feasts of different faiths and cultures add color to Turkish society.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan extended a special greeting to the Jewish citizens of Turkey on Thursday, congratulating them on the holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

In his greeting, Erdogan said that Turkey is a place where different faiths and cultures live together and stressed that the various cultural feasts add color to Turkish society.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan chairs the annual meeting of the High Military Council in Ankara August 1, 2010.Reuters

"Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and I wish our Jewish citizens a healthy and fruitful new year," he said.

Turkish-Israeli tensions have deepened recently due to events surrounding an Israeli raid on a 2010 Gaza-bound ship, which killed nine Turkish activists. Israel has refused to heed Turkish demands that it apologize for the incident.