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'In Turkey, they call me Ahmet the Israeli'

The chairman of Turkey's Yilmazlar construction firm says his company is an innocent victim of the Turkish-Israeli dispute

By Zvi Bar'el 28.07.11

Ahmet Reyiz Yilmaz loves Israel.
"I've worked in Israel half my life," said the chairman of Yilmazlar, the large Turkish construction company that is the only Turkish firm with a permit to operate here. "I have an apartment in Israel and my children sing songs in Hebrew."

He also sponsors the Hapoel Abu Gosh-Mevasseret Zion soccer team.

"I don't need a kashrut certificate from anyone to prove I love Israel," he said.
Now Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wants to revoke the work permits of the company's 800 construction workers. Yilmaz says he and his company are being victimized because of the bad blood between Israel and Turkey over the past two years.
[b]"You know what they call me in Turkey? Ahmet the Israeli," he said. "And here they are at

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Added: Jul-30-2011 Occurred On: Jul-30-2011
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