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Turkey should take Israeli aid

October 25, 2011

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Sunday’s massive earthquake in eastern Turkey registered 7.2 on the Richter scale, demolishing hundreds of buildings and leaving thousands of people homeless. In the face of such devastation, politics should be the last thing on any government’s agenda. So it is difficult to understand reports that Turkey declined an offer of emergency assistance from Israel, its former strategic ally and a country with extensive experience in disaster relief and rescue operations.

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