Druze Israeli MP seeks Turkey’s OK to deliver aid to Syrian refugees


An Israeli lawmaker is seeking permission from the Turkish government to visit Syrian refugees in Turkey and deliver humanitarian aid to them, an Israeli news report said on Thursday.

Ayoob Kara, a member of the Israeli parliament, Knesset, from Likud and deputy minister for development of the Negev and Galilee, asked for permission to help Syrian refugees in a letter he wrote to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Kara, also a member of Israel’s Druze community, submitted his letter to Erdoğan via the Turkish Embassy in Israel, Israeli news site IsraelNationalNews.com said.

“In the name of freedom fighters and civil rights loyalists in Israel and around the world, I ask you to permit the entry of a delegation headed by me, that will bring with it humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees in Syria. As a Druze with a broad regional orientation, I am greatly concerned about the fate of the Syrian nationals in general, and specifically the refugees who were forced to run away from their homes,” Kara was quoted as saying in the letter.

Kara stated that Turkish Embassy personnel were “surprised,” but promised to deliver the letter to Erdoğan.