How to Deal with Turks - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Paul
    • 13.01.10 | 06:59 (IST)

    I spent several years dealing with Turks and know they are a proud people who don't take well to provocations. Look at what they did to the Greeks in Cyprus in 1974. At the same time, Israel has real grievances at Turkish behavior and anti-Jewish insults. But getting down to that level is not the way to deal with the issue, because it quickly enables the Turks to focus on "Israel's insults to our Ambassador." You want to keep your own morality high and not allow the focus to be shifted through your own ill-considered reactions. Israel exists in an increasingly hostile world where its legitimacy and existence are constantly under challenge, but it has to find more productive ways of dealing with these situations. Likewise, the Bodstrom story about body parts was a horrible canard approved by a Communist editor, but trying to get the Swedish FM to repudiate it was so much knocking one's head against the wall.

    from the article: Deputy FM Ayalon apologizes to Turkish ambassador
    First published 02:31 13.01.10 | Last updated 08:16 13.01.10
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