Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç visits the remains of the Berlin wall on March 5. AA photo
Israel’s ambassador to Germany has canceled his participation in a high-level event that Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç is scheduled to attend, citing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s comments on Zionism.
Israeli Ambassador Yakov Hadas-Handelsman was to take part in the event, entitled “Muslims, Jews, Christians: Peace is possible!” at a Berlin hotel, according to the Times of Israel
“Because of the importance of this event I expected that the Turkish prime minister would retract his recent horrible statements and lies about Zionism. But since that did not happen I am forced to cancel my participation in the event. Erdoğan’s statements contradict the purpose of dialogue,” the statement said.
Last week, Prime Minister Erdoğan’s likened Zionism to crimes against humanity in a Vienna conference.