To Aluf Benn - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Sarp Turk
    • 09.06.10 | 12:26 (IDT)

    Thank you Mr.Ben. I’ve been reading Turkish, American, British media and your newspaper since the incident at the 31st May. This is the best interpretation ever on this subject. There were mistakes starting from the beginning till the end from both sides. People, politicians, armies make mistakes, accidents happen (I am pushing myself to believe that that was not on purpose), but an apology would be enough for honorable nations. And telling that “That was a mistake and we are sorry about it” is a wisdom. As a Turkish citizen I’ve met many Israelis at the last 10 years in Turkey and Turkish people really use to love Israeli people a lot, more than Europeans, Americans and especially Arabs and Iranians, and I still think that most of the population is still not against Israel (The radical protesters you see on TV’s are just %1-2 of 75 million, but the rest is protesting from their heart – Even Mr. Erdogan is saying that their problem is not with Israelis but with the current government) but each day we are becoming enemies and we will be the only losers when many other parties will be benefiting from this (In the 100 years financial crises your government have already ordered 2.5 billion USD of new weapons from US, I am sure Turkey has also started to take precautions which will be paid by taxpayers, so again we are the payers to save other economies - How can the deficits be closed without creating new funds?). So am I going to fight with those people that I’ve met or Turkish Jew friends who relocated to Israel? Stupid, nonsense! Turkey has lost 9 citizens, and it doesn’t matter if they were Islamists (even for me as an Kemalist), I think our nation deserves an apology from your government. Well, I hope the stance that Mr.Erdogan is insisting on will return him with less votes at the next election (and I hope the same for Mr. Netanyahu). And I hope we can cure our wounds with positive steps and next year I can come and have my summer holiday at Israeli coasts with my wife and child. Thank you for your nice interpretation again.

    from the article: What a missed opportunity
    First published 01:43 09.06.10 | Last updated 01:43 09.06.10
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