ISTANBUL (Jan. 19)
A spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry hinted today that Turkey’s relations with Israel will not be affected by the country’s efforts at a rapprochement with the Arabs.
He told reporters that “our relations with the Arab world, including Egypt, are developing greatly. Meantime, all our relations with Israel also are continuing.” His comment followed reports that Turkey was planning to limit its relations with Israel to gain Arab friendship.
Turco-Israeli relations have, in fact, been going through a coolness in recent weeks and during a Parliamentary debate last month, several deputies advocated priority to improving Turkish ties with the Arab countries, at Israel’s expense, if necessary. However, the spokesman’s stand today gave hope that Turco-Israeli relations would continue normally.