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    Turkey PM says Lieberman threatened to nuke Gaza

    By Haaretz Service

    Turkey's prime minister has further inflamed simmering Israel-Turkey tensions, claiming that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to use nuclear weapons against Gaza, The Guardian reported Monday.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as making the allegation in an interview published by the British newspaper. The comments came amid a crisis in ties between the two allies, which erupted earlier in the month after Turkey banned Israel from participating in a NATO air force drill.

    The crisis was deepened two weeks ago, when Ankara refused to take off the air a television drama that depicts Israeli soldiers killing Palestinian children.

    In the interview, Erdogan reportedly insisted that the Turkey-Israel strategic alliance remained alive, but chided Lieberman over the alleged nuclear threat regarding the Gaza Strip.

    The Turkish leader also stressed that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly called for Israel's destruction, was a "friend" of Turkey's.

    "There is no doubt he is our friend," Erdogan was quoted as saying. "As a friend so far we have very good relations and have had no difficulty at all."

    He reportedly rejected on Western accusations that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon, saying: "Iran does not accept it is building a weapon. They are working on nuclear power for the purposes of energy only."

    Pro-Islam Turks protest 'Israel violence in Temple Mount'

    Some 500 pro-Islamic Turks have held an anti-Israel protest in Istanbul over violence at a Jerusalem holy site claimed by both Arabs and Jews.

    The protesters on Monday marched toward the heavily guarded Israeli Consulate and burned an Israeli flag, chanting 'we will protect Al-Aqsa mosque'. Muslims regard Al-Aqsa as Islam's third-holiest site.

    Relations between Israel and Turkey - a key Muslim ally - have soured since Israel's war against Islamic militants in Gaza at the beginning of this year.

    Earlier this month, Turkey canceled a military exercise in which Israeli
    pilots were planned to participate. Tensions deepened after Turkey's state-run TV aired a drama series that portrays Israeli soldiers as cruel and repressive.

    Haaretz Service