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Turkish PM throws weight behind Arab cause

Turkish PM throws weight behind Arab cause

Turkish PM backs Palestinian UN bid; Says Israel has lost legitimacy; Tells Arab leaders to embrace democracy

September 14, 2011 3:25 by

…mass street demonstrations in February.

Egypt’s generals have faced popular criticism for not taking a firmer line with Israel after it shot dead five Egyptian border guards in repelling cross-border raiders it said were Palestinian militants. Cairo said it would expel Israel’s ambassador but did not follow through with the threat.

Protesters attacked Israel’s embassy in Cairo last week, prompting the ambassador to fly home and an embarrassed Egyptian government to affirm to Washington, its major aid donor, that it remained committed to a 1979 peace treaty with Israel. (By Tulay Karadeniz and Yasmine Saleh; Additional reporting by Ibon Villelabeitia in Istanbul, Jon Burch in Ankara, Ori Lewis in Jerusalem and Dan Williams in Tel Aviv; writing by Andrew Hammond and Edmund Blair; editing by Giles Elgood and Philippa Fletcher)

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