NEW YORK (Anatolian News Agency)–Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Director Abraham Foxman says there is a deep feeling of friendship between Turkey and Israel that will help the two countries overcome recent tensions in their relations.
The remarks came during the ADL’s annual meeting in New York City this weekend.
Foxman said the Jewish community had always had a “profound feeling of friendship” toward Turks and Turkey. He added, however, that there have been various events in recent months that have put this friendship to the test.
“It hurts more when something goes wrong between friends,” Foxman said. “I feel myself very close to Turkey. This is why I feel disappointment.”
“If Turkey wants to become more friendly with the Muslim-Arab world in the Middle East, then fine… But why should this be at the expense of Turkey’s friendship with Israel and the Jews?” he said. “I hope this is a temporary [situation] and for the return to old strong relations. I am optimistic; I believe our deep friendly ties will overcome these events.”
Foxman also said the ADL’s approach to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide has not changed. “We continue to oppose a bill being passed on this subject and welcome the steps taken to establish relations between Turkey and Armenia,” he said. “We believe that problems should be resolved between Turkish and Armenian people in this way and not in the United States Congress or the French parliament.”
Iran’s nuclear program was one of the most discussed topics during the annual ADL meeting. Asked whether Turkey was getting closer to Iran, Kenneth Pollack, the director of research at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington, said Turkey had criticized Israel over the latest clashes in Gaza but that the country was also very concerned over Iran’s nuclear program