Israel’s Peres, Netanyahu send letters of condolence to Erdoğan

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have sent separate condolence letters to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the death of his mother, Tenzile Erdoğan, Israeli media reported on Monday.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L),and Israeli President Shimon Peres during a plenary session on the Middle East peace at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2009. Erdoğan has stalked off the stage at the WWF later, red-faced and agitated after verbally sparring over Gaza with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L),and Israeli President Shimon Peres during a plenary session on the Middle East peace at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2009. Erdoğan has stalked off the stage at the WWF later, red-faced and agitated after verbally sparring over Gaza with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have sent separate condolence letters to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the death of his mother, Tenzile Erdoğan, Israeli media reported on Monday.

“From personal experience I know the deep sense of grief of feeling like an orphan and the boundless sorrow of your loss,” Peres was quoted as having written in a letter to Erdoğan on Sunday by the English-language Israeli daily Haaretz.

Saying the news of Erdoğan’s mother’s death was received with much sadness, Peres asked Erdoğan to accept his “profound condolences and sympathy,” Haaretz reported.

Tenzile Erdoğan, who was 88, died in a hospital on Friday, only days after a gall bladder operation.

Netanyahu’s condolence message was sent on Friday via diplomatic channels, The Jerusalem Post reported, without elaborating on the content of the message or the identification of the channels.

Turkish-Israeli relations were badly damaged following a lethal Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara in 2010 that left nine Turkish civilians dead. Turkey has demanded an official apology, but Israel has only expressed regret over the flotilla deaths. Israel says its soldiers acted in self-defense. Last month, Turkey imposed a set of initial sanctions against Israel to push the Jewish state to address Turkey’s demands.

In late September, Israeli media reported that the US has restarted its efforts to repair the badly damaged Turkish-Israeli ties, concerned about its two most important allies in the Middle East.

At the time, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot reported that a senior Israeli official confirmed that meditation has been undertaken by the US to restore Turkish-Israeli ties. The report also claimed that the US has tried in vain to convince Erdoğan and Peres to talk over the phone.

 

 

10 October 2011, Monday / TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL