Sakset/Fra hofta

Tyrkia har bedt Israel bruke sin innflytelse i Washington til å avverge en folkemord-resolusjon i Kongressen. Men nå har en viktig jødisk organisasjon i USA endret oppfatning og bruker ordet folkemord om armenernes skjebne.

Det farver Tyrkias oppfatning av Israels posisjon.

Israel har utmerkede relasjoner med Tyrkia og er redd armenersaken skal ødelegge.

In recent months a leading Jewish group, the Anti-Defamation League, changed its policy and declared the Armenian killings «tantamount to genocide,» angering Turks.

The debate in Washington puts Israel in an uncomfortable position. Turkey is one of the Jewish state’s few friends in the Muslim world, but genocide is an extremely sensitive topic in Israel, which was built in the aftermath of the Nazi Holocaust.

Alon Liel, a former director of Israel’s foreign ministry and an expert in Israel-Turkey relations, said the U.S. debate could hurt ties between the two countries.

«We tried all these years not to get into it,» he said. But because of the Anti-Defamation League’s new position, «Turkey will blame the Jewish organizations, and then this could bounce back to us.»

Israel’s government has said previously that massacres were perpetrated against Armenians and expressed sympathy for their suffering. But it stopped short of calling it genocide.

Israel worried by Turk-Armenian debate