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Turkey Promises to Help Free Israeli Soldier

Turkish Foreign Minister says his country will do what it can to help free soldier Hadar Goldin.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/2/2014, 2:10 AM

Ahmet Davutoglu
Ahmet Davutoglu
Reuters

Turkey will do what it can to help free Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin, who is feared kidnapped by Hamas, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday, according to Reuters.

"What is important is that the ceasefire is reinstated. To ensure this, together with others, we can take any step that could resolve this Israeli soldier issue. If Turkey can do anything, we will do our best," Davutoglu was quoted as having told reporters.

"But if the ceasefire is stopped because an Israeli soldier is kidnapped, somebody should account for the 70 Palestinians killed (today). In our eyes, all people are equal," he added.

The already tense relations between Israel and Turkey have further declined since Israel begin its self-defense military operation in Gaza.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has consistently attacked Israel over its actions in Gaza, comparing the Jewish state to Nazi Germany.

Erdogan has also threatened to end the normalization process with Israel over "state terrorism", accused Israel of "lies" because "not enough" Israeli Jews have died in the conflict and has compared Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked to Adolf Hitler.

American anti-hate watchdog the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), voiced its concerns over anti-Semitism in Turkey earlier this month, linking it to rising anti-Israel hysteria and urging Erdogan to do more to combat it.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)