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June 13, 2012 2:00 am

Lawmakers Debate Mass Murder of Armenians as Genocide

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Israeli knesset(parliament). Photo: Chris Yunker.

Times of Israel – The 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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