Turkish Delegation Greeted by Kassam

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CBNNews.com - SDEROT, Israel - A delegation of eight Turkish Foreign Affairs Committee members experienced a Kassam rocket attack during a visit to Sderot Tuesday.

According to the Israeli officials accompanying the eight-member delegation, the legislators took the incident in stride.

"They seemed a little more alert, but appeared to understand the situation," an Israeli official told YNet news, describing their reaction to the siren as "both apprehensive and expectant."

"The chairman of the committee [parliamentarian Murat Marjan] came to politics from the academic world," he said, explaining the group's reaction to rocket attacks at nearby Sapir College.

"In their eyes, the college is seen as neutral space, which should not be targeted by terrorists. The fact that Sapir College had been hit by Kassam rockets spoke volumes to them," he said.

Following the trip, the Turkish delegation returned to Jerusalem, where they visited with Israeli President Shimon Peres, followed by meetings with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Both the Turks and Israelis purposed to meet together at least once a year in Israel and Turkey.

Wednesday, the group traveled to Ramallah to meet with officials from the Palestinian Authority, but they declined to meet with Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip due to Turkish opposition to the group's policies.

Source: YNet news

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