Turkey vows to hold Israel to account
Updated: 15:36, Tuesday June 8, 2010
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to hold Israel
to account over its 'state terror' in the Middle East.
The Israeli operation, in which nine Turks were killed, has plunged
the fragile ties between the onetime strong allies into a deep crisis,
with Erdogan hardening his strong criticism of the Jewish state.
Gaza 'is a historical cause for us,' Erdogan said in a public speech
on Sunday in the northwestern city of Bursa, parts of which were
carried by the CNN-Turk news channel.
'We object to those who force the people of Gaza to live in an open-
air prison... We will stand firm until the blockade on Gaza is lifted,
the massacres cease and the state terror in the Middle East is
accounted for,' he added.
Israel has cut Gaza off from all but vital humanitarian aid in a bid
to pressure the enclave's rulers - the Palestinian Islamist movement
Hamas - to end rocket attacks on the south of the Jewish state.