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March 3, 2013 2:17 pm

Ailing Turkish Politician Treated in Israel

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Kemal Unakitan. Photo: Haber5.

A senior member of the Turkish government, former Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan, recently visited Israel for stem cell treatment. Unakitan, who is suffering from chronic renal failure, served seven years with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government from 2002-2009.

According to Turkish media, the 67-year-old Turkish politician was treated at Tel Aviv’s International Center for Cell Therapy & Cancer Immunotherapy (CTCI) for  almost two and a half months.

Chronic renal disease, also known as chronic kidney disease, is a common condition of the worsening and loss of the kidney function. The kidney disease can be treated with a form of dialysis or by a kidney transplant. However, Israel’s groundbreaking methods in stem cell treatments of the disease may help Unakitan avoid a kidney transplant and cease dialysis treatments.

Turkish media reports indicate that Unakitan will visit Israel again for additional treatments in the future.

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  • Dr Ronald Cohen

    Why are these pearls of propaganda not disseminated to those other than the converted ??
    We should be targeting, blasting and bombarding the world of Zionist scepticism with these wonderful, heart warming and humane stories constantly.
    The human and humane side of Israel, Jewry both in Israel and the diaspora should take precedence over scientific and military discoveries and successes.
    People the world over know of the Jewish intelligence, Nobel prize successes and disproportionate global impact. They need to see the compassionate and caring side of our people, for we are both of these, NOT only our enviable and envied trail of commercial, scientific and literary success.
    Tabulate these deeds. Too long have we been too quiet about humane and compassionate Israel. We need to show the softer underbelly of our land and our people to the world drowning in anti-Israeli propaganda.
    “Israel – the reality”
    Dr Ronald J Cohen
    London

    • H. Givon

      Israel may be a small country but that is only in size; her heart encompasses humankind. Her willingness to share medical advances – even with those who malign her -is evidence of the values inherent in the soul of the nation.

      Israel is a beacon of light in a dark region of the world that is infested with totalitarian regimes promoting global terrorism – precisely the opposite of the life-saving efforts of democratic Israel. This is the truth that should be publicized about the country instead of the trivia and negative political falsehoods that make the international headlines.

  • Jerry Hersch

    In Hurriyet back in December http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/gundem/22190776.asp

    Israel’s willingness to share medical expertise can become its “ping pong” diplomacy

  • richard sherman

    Israel should not help any Turkish citizen until Erdogan gets on his knees on broken glass for 30 days and apologizes for calling Zionism a crime against humanity.

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