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Turkey's president said today he will use 'all means available to end Israel's occupation in Palestine' at a meeting with Arab deputies of Israel's parliament, the Knesset - shortly before hosting a dinner for King Abdullah II of Jordan.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan - whom Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an 'anti-Semitic dictator' last December - added that he will 'not turn his back on the Palestinian cause'.
Talks - Presidential - Mansion - Istanbul - Tarabya
During the two-hour talks at the Presidential Mansion in Istanbul's Tarabya neighbourhood, Erdogan said: 'We will continue to share all means in our disposal with our brothers,' Turkey's pro-government Daily Sabah reported.
Erdogan, whose party has roots in Turkey's Islamist movement, said his aim was to restore peace in the region before thanking the Israeli Arab deputies for 'representing the will of the Palestinian people in Israel's parliament'.
Turkish - President - Regards - Champion - Palestinians
The Turkish president regards himself as a champion of the Palestinians and has twice recently held summits of Muslim states to denounce the recognition by the United States of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
But analysts note that behind the rhetoric, economic ties remain strong, with trade robust and both sides interested in the export of Israeli energy resources to Turkey.
Meeting - Today - Erdogan - Power - Israel
At the meeting today however, Erdogan, who came to power in 2003, also slammed Israel for ignoring the rights of its Palestinian citizens by adopting 'Jewish state' law.
He was referring to a piece of controversial legislation, narrowly approved by the Knesset last July, that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, with Hebrew as the only official language.
Israel - Declaration - Independence - Nature - State
Israel's 1948 declaration of independence defined its nature as a Jewish and democratic state, a delicate balance the country has grappled to maintain for 70 years.
Opponents of the July bill said it marginalises the country's Arab minority (known as Israeli Arabs) of around 20 per cent and also...
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