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