The most greatest shame of the Israeli foreign policy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Shlomo from Tel-Aviv
    • 18.05.11 | 20:00 (IDT)

    It was the greatest shame of the Israeli foreign policy: the genocide denial. Israel chose military contracts and joint maneuvers with Turkey over recognition of other people's genocide. Most of Israelis are Jews and Jews know what genocide is. But in spite of the overwhelming sympathy of the Israeli people to the Armenians, who were the victims of the first XX century genocide, the official Israel denied that this genocide ever took place, that it was a "tragedy, not genocide", as Shimon Peres told the Turkish paper. We in Israel believe that denying the genocide of the European Jewry is racist and insulting, but our state did exactly such thing in regard of another genocide of XX century. More than this: it was shameful but well known secret, that Israel even lobbied the US congressmen, who are considered friends of Israel, to vote against recognition of the genocide of Armenians. What a shame. Of course, it may look very hypocritically if Israel recognizes the genocide now, when Turkey distanced itself from Israel and broke the alliance. But it's better now than never. And by the way, Meretz won one more voice in the next election: my own.

    from the article: Knesset to discuss Armenian Genocide amid deteriorating Turkey ties
    First published 18:40 18.05.11 | Last updated 18:40 18.05.11
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