Erdogan Offers Condolences to Israel

Israeli soldiers carry the coffins of Israelis killed in Saturday’s terror attack in Istanbul, upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, on Sunday. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers carry the coffins of Israelis killed in Saturday’s terror attack in Istanbul, upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, on Sunday. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolence to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday night, saying he was “very sorry” to hear of the Israeli casualties in Saturday’s terror attack in Istanbul, shortly after the coffins of the three victims arrived at Ben Gurion Airport.

“That cruel attack proved again that the international community must unite in its struggle against terrorism that threatens all of mankind and our basic values, and represent a crime against humanity,” he wrote.

Erdogan wrote that the courage and will that “our peoples demonstrate against terrorist organizations that want to sow fear, gives us strength in our struggle.

“I want to send my deepest condolences to the Israeli people and the families that lost their loved ones in this traitorous attack in Istanbul, as they were visiting the city and wanting to get to know our culture better. I wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.”

The letter was written in Turkish, with an English translation attached.