Netanyahu: Attempted Coup Will Not Affect Israel-Turkey Reconciliation

Prime minister criticizes Palestinian officials, says they condemn the attack in Nice while encouraging similar attacks in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem July 10, 2016.
Dan Balilty, Reuters

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the attempted coup in Turkey will not affect a deal to renormalize ties, signed between the two countries last month.

"Israel and Turkey recently agreed on a reconciliation process," Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. "It is our assumption that this process will continue regardless of the dramatic events in Turkey over the weekend."

Israel and Turkey signed an agreement on June 28 to normalize diplomatic ties between the two countries and to end a six-year crisis that erupted following the death of nine Turkish civilians during a raid by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza Strip, in May 2010.

Netanyahu also remarked on the attack in Nice, France on Thursday night and said that while the Palestinian Authority condemned the attack there, it does not denounce similar attack in Israel.

"Here they encourage such attacks," Netanyahu said. "They glorify the murderers fund their family members if they die. Terror is terror, whether it's in France or in Israel."

"There's a need for a unified front to condemn and fight this terror, here and elsewhere," Netanyahu added.

Eight-four people were killed and scores others were wounded after an attacker at the wheel of a heavy truck ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act.