After anti-Israel slur, Turkey’s Erdogan thanks Israel for mine disaster response

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( In a rare conciliatory remark, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised Israel on Tuesday for showing compassion and sensitivity following last week’s mine disaster in the town of Soma.

In his weekly address to fellow party members, Erdogan thanked Israel for canceling the Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) events planned by the Israeli embassy in Ankara as Turkey mourned the 301 victims of the mine fire, according to Israel Hayom.

Commentators speculated that Erdogan’s conciliatory tone stemmed from his desire to minimize the damage caused by recent video footage in which the Turkish prime minister is seen derogatorily calling a protester of his government’s response to the mine disaster “Israeli semen.”

Posted on May 21, 2014 .