"Israel is the most humanitarian country in the Middle East and never objected to the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza, but for the organizers of the fllotilla, the provocation was more important than the distribution of simple humanitarian aid."
Deputy Minister of Development of the Negev and Galilee and member of Israel's Druze community, Ayoob Kara, spoke Tuesday morning with his acquaintance the mufti of Turkey in the hopes of clearing the air and calming tensions in the wake of Israel's defensive action against a hostile flotilla headed for Gaza on Monday. The Mufti is considered a key figure in Turkey's moderate Islamic stream, and influential in the Turkish government.
Deputy Minister Kara presented the Mufti with the facts about what happened off the Gaza coast on Monday, refuting accusations against Israel which had been disseminated by the media.
"Israel is the most humanitarian country in the Middle East and never objected to the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza," explained Deputy Minister Kara, "but for the organizers of the flotilla, the provocation was more important than the distribution of simple humanitarian aid."
The Deputy Minister asked the Mufti to preach brotherhood between nations in his country and not baseless hatred, because no religion is based on hatred. "We are all brothers and should find a way of life together, because there are no winners in war, and the way of peace and dialogue is preferable to the miseries of war," concluded Deputy Minister Kara.
The Turkish mufti thanked Deputy Minister Kara for the conversation and promised to bring the message to wherever he could make a difference, and said there is no reason to have a confrontation between the two friendly countries, as they share joint interests in all security and civilian arenas.