Turkey urges Israel to abandon strong rhetoric

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is urging Israel to abandon strong "rhetoric and populism" now that the elections are over.

Cavusoglu's comments were in an apparent reference to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent pledge to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank if he wins the election.

The minister told Turkey's NTV news channel on Wednesday that Israel "must put aside the populism and the rhetoric, it must abandon its aggressive stance."

Cavusoglu also called on the United States to be an "honest broker" in the Mideast dispute, saying a U.S. peace plan for the region must be fair and objective toward Palestinians.

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