Israel's Ambassador to Ankara: Hamas should not have presence in Turkey

Israel's Ambassador to Ankara: Hamas should not have presence in Turkey
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Irit Lillian has said that Israel had expected more empathy from Turkey after Hamas's recent cross-border incursion that left hundred dead.

Israel's Ambassador to Turkey, Irit Lillian, said on Sunday that it was too early to talk about mediation offers between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, adding that the attacks showed that Hamas should not have any presence in Turkey or elsewhere.

The surprise Hamas incursion into Israel throughout Saturday and into Sunday left at least 250 civilians dead, and an unknown number of civilians have been abducted by Hamas fighters.

Asked during an online briefing with journalists about the presence of Hamas members in Turkey, Lillian said a senior member of the Islamist group, Saleh al-Arouri, was sometimes seen at events in Turkey, and added he should be tried for crimes against humanity.

"I think it just strengthens our point that Hamas should not have an office or any kind of activity, neither in Turkey nor anywhere else in the world," she said. "There is no place for terrorists to direct or command acts from any country in the world."

Lillian also said that Israel had expected more empathy from Turkey, but added "good constructive" dialogue between the countries in "the day after" would shed light on the fate of the rapprochement.

"I think it's a little bit hard to say," Lillian said, when asked if ties would be affected, adding that some comments from Ankara were "surprising".

She also said the Israeli embassy was in touch with Turkish authorities regarding threats, and calls for demonstrations.

On Sunday, Turkish Parliament Speaker Numan Kurtulmus, while repeating Ankara's earlier call for restraint, said Palestinians had long suffered from injustices, namely on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque which he labelled a "red line."