Turkish State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc talked about Israel's reaction over a TV series aired by Turkey's state-run broadcaster TRT and said that Turkish government had no intentions to sever ties with Israel, saying he would soon meet with Israeli Ambassador to dispel concerns. "Turkey and Israel have long been in good relations. We have no intentions to break off these relations," Arinc, who is also responsible for TRT, said on Friday.

On Thursday, Israel's Foreign Ministry summoned a Turkish diplomat over the new TV series called "Ayrilik" (Separation) which showed soldiers shooting down a smiling Palestinian girl and a Palestinian baby held up by his father above his head.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the show "constitutes the most serious level of incitement, and it is being done with state sponsorship."

Arinc said TRT was a public broadcasting television service, not a "state TV" as Israeli officials had said, adding that Turkish government can not tell TRT what to do or what not to do. He said TRT bought the TV series from a production company.

"The show does not absolutely contain anti-Semitic materials," he said. "Anti-Semitism is a crime against humanity which we reject."
But, he said, "of course, we fell sorrow about what is going on in Palestine. People in Gaza and Ramallah, whose children die in their hands, concerns us. When people in Lebanon were bombed, we felt sorrow as if those bombs were exploding above our head."
Arinc said these were the facts of life and should be filmed.

"Besides, the TV series 'Ayrilik' is a drama which eventually will turn into a story of love and peace," he said.

Arinc also said that he would soon meet with Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Gabi Levy to tell him Israel should not be worried.