Erdogan: Turkey blocked ‘steps toward Israel’s inclusion in NATO’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, June 26, 2012

From Hurriyet Daily News:  Turkey blocked North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) initiatives taken toward the inclusion of Israel in the organization, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 5 to the reporters during his flight to Budapest. . . .

“We, as Turkey, would stop wrong steps [in NATO]. Thus, we saw such steps toward Israel’s inclusion in NATO. We prevented that,” Erdoğan said. “We have our own red lines. For us, to be involved in NATO with Israel is never considerable. To be with such a cruel understanding would conflict with our structure, history and culture.”(photo: AFP/Getty)

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