Israeli citizens are celebrating what they consider to be a “great victory” in which 1,300 humans were killed at a cost of 13 Israelis, but Jews in other nations have to consider whether they are at all responsible for those deaths. Many Jews in Turkey are worried about a back lash against them for the death and destruction inflicted on the people of Gaza. President Abduallah Gul expressed his solidarity with Turkish Jews after the appearance of a powerful article by psychologist Leyia Navaro in which she expressed her thanks to the people of Turkey whose ancestors saved hers after they were expelled from Spain in 1492. “Am I still regarded as a guest in this land that i was born and grew up in, in which I fulfill my responsibilities as a citizen and have actually contributed to its development? Shall I walk with my head down? Am I a candidate for being threatened?”
President Gull was impressed by the power of her statement and telephoned to express his care and concern for the safety of all Turkish Jews. She expressed her thanks for his call and urged that he say the same words to the people of Turkey in an open statement of support to Jews.
Decisions made by the government are not decisions made by Jews. They are the responsibility of the Israeli people. Period.