Turkey Warns Israel Against Using Airspace
December 12, 2009 Leave a comment
If Israel were to violate Turkish airspace in order to conduct reconnaissance operations on Iran, Ankara’s reaction would resemble an “earthquake,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with Egyptian journalist Fahmi Huwaidi published Thursday morning.
Erdogan also alluded during the interview to last winter’s Operation Cast Lead, saying that Israel could not reasonably have expected to participate in a joint military drill with Turkey after “sweeping” the people of Gaza.
He stressed that the Turkish government’s policy on Israel was both derived from and backed by the country’s voting public.
“We cannot challenge the feelings of the Turkish people, who were greatly affected by what happened during the aggression on Gaza,” he said.