Israel to limit Turkey's activities in Jerusalem: report

(MENAFN) A time of Israel has reported that the Israeli government is seeking to impose restrictions on the activities of a Turkish government aid agency in East Jerusalem.

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) will be having some rough time as Israel's National Security Council is preparing limit its activities which are centered in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip - amid fears from Israel and Arab nations about Ankara's efforts to stake claim in holy city of Jerusalem and other parts of Palestine, the newspaper said.

Last month, Israel's Haaretz daily reported that the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were urging Israel to act against Turkish efforts in gaining a strong influence over East Jerusalem.

Turkish-Israeli relations hit rock bottom in 2010, when an Israeli naval ship raided a Turkish flotilla attempting to break Israel's blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Ten 10 Turkish citizens were killed in the incident while several Israeli soldiers were wounded.

Israel and Turkey expelling each other's envoys in May following deadly clashes against the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem on the Gaza Strip border.



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