Israeli parliament debated Tuesday whether to recognize the mass
killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks 100 years ago as genocide, a move
that would enrage Turkey and further strain already tense ties between
the two countries.
For years, Israel has refrained from taking up
the issue for fear of angering Turkey, which until recently was its
closest ally in the Muslim world. But as ties have frayed under the
Islamic-oriented rule of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
that has changed.
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