Amina Erdogan used the meeting, held at her Ankara home, to share her emotions during the infamous verbal clash between her husband and Israel's president in Davos in December 2008, a short while after the launch of Operation Cast Lead.
"The incident in Davos (where Erdogan stormed off stage) was not planned in advance, but rather, followed the lies spread by Peres," the Turkish PM's wife was quoted as saying Saturday by the Palestinian al-Ayam paper and by the Saudi al-Watan paper. "I was saying: 'My God, how can one face the whole world and lie…God, shut this man up.'"
'We used to support peace'The Turkish PM's wife added that shortly thereafter she saw Erdogan lose his cool, adding that "later I too started to cry. I couldn't hold myself up because of this crying. They asked me what happened and I said I was trying to reach Erdogan and that he (Peres) lied."
"We reached our limit because Peres lied," Amina Erdogan added. "We used to hold positions in support of peace."
She added that Peres later called Erdogan to apologize.
As noted, Erdogan's wife welcomed Palestinian businesswomen at her home Friday, lauding their activity in "facing Israel's occupation." She concluded the meeting by quoting Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish: "Palestine was, Palestine exists, and Palestine shall remain for all eternity."
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