(Communicated by the MFA Spokesman)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman instructed MFA Deputy Director-General, Western European Division, Naor Gilon to summon the acting Turkish ambassador to Israel, Ms. Ceylan Özen to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem to protest the screening of a series on Turkish television. The series depicts IDF soldiers as members of a master race, who rejoice at the killing of children as well as Israeli agents who plot – in accordance with the darkest ethnic stereotypes – to take control of the region.
Deputy Director-General Gilon emphasized that while Israel attributes great importance to the relationship with Turkey, it will not stand idle in the face of such blatant incitement against Israel and members of the IDF. This kind of incitement can lead to physical strikes against Jews and the many Israeli tourists who visit Turkey. In addition, the use of such harsh stereotypes to teach hatred in a television series which is watched by adults and children alike must concern all those who seek coexistence and peace between countries and religions in the region and around the world.
This is especially difficult to accept when the same IDF soldiers who are depicted as cold-blooded killers are those who rushed to the aid of Turkish civilians in their most difficult hours, following the devastating earthquake of 1999.