Israeli PM suggests 'cold calculations' will ultimately overpower Turkish PM's hostile attitude.
Turkish PM, speaking before Arab League meeting in Cairo, attacks Israeli government's policies, says recognition of Palestinian state is 'an obligation.' -
"The problem between Israel and Palestine concerns all humanity. The state of Palestine must be recognized, it is not an option – it's an obligation. With Allah's help, we shall see Palestine with a different UN status this month."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished to diffuse the tension surrounding the Israel's diplomatic crisis with Turkey on Tuesday, telling reporters that "Common sense and cold calculation" will ultimately prevail. Netanyahu made the statements while touring Israel's southern border.
In light of Erdogan's increasingly hostile remarks on the straining ties between Ankara and Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that "we shouldn't cling to all kinds of comments," and expressed confidence that "common sense and cold calculation are working overtime on our side, and from my understanding, not only on our side."
Netanyahu travelled south to observe the progress made in the construction of a security fence on the Israeli-Egyptian border, which was infiltrated by terrorists last month. The assailants attacked multiple targets, killing eight Israelis. According to the prime minister, the fence is to be completed by September 2012, three months ahead of schedule.
"Our border with Egypt is a peaceful border," Netanyahu said. "To continue in peace, we need security, and for that we need a fence. Hasty construction is pertinent for peace and for security."
Meanwhile, Erdogan, who is visiting Cairo in pursuit of improved ties with Egypt, said in an interview with the Egyptian newspaper Al-Shorouk that while his country does not seek a military confrontation with Israel, the "Turkish Navy is prepared for every scenario – even the worst one."
Erdogan: Israel jeopardizing its future - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Tuesday that Israel's policies are "risking its future." Speaking before a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo, Erdogan said that the recognition of a Palestinian state was "not an option but an obligation."
"We are people whose pasts and futures have been determined by God. A Palestinian child's pain hurts the heart of mothers in Ankara." "Israel is trying to justify its legitimate (claim) in the region while taking steps to jeopardize its legitimacy. The aggressive Israeli government attacked a humanitarian aid sail and then washed its hands of it.Israel's aggressive politics jeopardize its future. They have placed the Israeli people under siege," he said.
The Turkish leader called Israel a "spoiled child" saying that if international powers continue to turn a blind eye to its actions, there will be no choice but to assert they play a part in the crimes it commits.
Erdogan again stressed that in order to restore relations with Ankara, Jerusalem will have to apologize for the events of the flotilla raid, pay compensation to the families of the victims and lift the Gaza blockade.
Speaking further of the PA's UN appeal, Erdogan condemned Israeli policies, saying that "The legitimate grievances of the (Palestinian) people can not be suppressed by force." "The problem between Israel and Palestine concerns all humanity. The state of Palestine must be recognized, it is not an option – it's an obligation. With Allah's help, we shall see Palestine with a different UN status this month."
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