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.
"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.
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