Erdogan: Turkey will reconsider its economic ties with Israel

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Government May 22, 2018

Turkey will reconsider its economic ties with Israel after the June elections, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said.
"I hope that the OIC countries have implemented the decision to boycott," Erdogan told reporters on his return from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Turkey, referring to the decision of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to boycott Israeli products. "After all, there will be no way to get more products from there, of course we will also have to assess the situation, Turkey will examine our relations with them, especially in the field of economy and trade," he said.
The Islamic Cooperation Organization, which includes 57 countries, held a conference last week in Istanbul to discuss the events in the Gaza Strip and Israel in their wake, in which it was decided to boycott Israeli products. The conference participants also called on the countries of the world not to transfer embassies to Jerusalem. In the clashes on the Gaza Strip border last week, in which tens of thousands of demonstrators took part, 62 Palestinians were killed.
Erdogan said that the OIC countries called on the United Nations to establish an international force to protect the Palestinians, similar to the one that had been set up in Kosovo and Bosnia-Hercegovina in the past: "It will deter them, it will not be easy for Israel to fire at the UN forces."
At the opening of the conference on Friday, Erdogan said that "the methods used by the people who were tortured in concentration camps during World War II against innocent Palestinians are no less than those of the Nazis." Erdogan and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged verbal blows last week after Ankara recalled its ambassadors from Israel and the United States and expelled the Israeli ambassador and consul from its territory.
The Turkish economy has a very difficult time, and many of the reasons for this lie in its leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in office since 2014, after 11 years as Turkish prime minister. Erdogan is one of the oldest elected leaders among the world's largest countries. Vladimir Putin, by comparison, bypasses him for three years. There is no mistake: Turkey's economy has enjoyed rapid growth since the end of the global crisis, with annual growth rates of 4.8% -11%, slowing to a growth rate of 3.2% in 2016, and again rising by 7% in 2017. Turkey enjoys a surge in construction fueled by high credit. However, the relative prosperity is clouded by the president's policy, which aspires to a centralized power that distances Turkey from democracy.

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