Turkey rejects Israel’s aid on earthquake aftermath

In an effort to reach out and show compassion and love to its former ally, Israel extended an offer to “any aid they [Turkey] might... More Below... Posted by on Oct 24th, 2011 and filed under News, World.

In an effort to reach out and show compassion and love to its former ally, Israel extended an offer to “any aid they [Turkey] might need”, after a 7.2 magnitude quake had plowed down the eastern area yesterday.

“I am under impression the Turks do not want our help,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Channel 2 news. “Right now [the reply] is negative but if they see they need more aid and don’t have it, or if they rethink it, we have made the offer and remain prepared [to help].”

Relationship between the two former allies are being tested after Israeli commandos killed nine Turks during a raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Israeli-blockaed Gaza Strip in 2010. Tension continued last month after Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador for refusing to apologize on the result of what the ambassador claimed as an act of self-defense in confrontations with pro-Palestinian activists on one of the vessels.

The Israel government offered to provide “anything from food, medicine, medical staff and equipment to search-and-rescue teams.”

A Turkish foreign ministry official later said that Turkey had received offers of help from dozens of countries, and had so far declined assistance from all of them.

Maybe it’s time to grab that helping hand