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Israel Needs to Reflect Amid Demonstrations, Davutoglu Says

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Israel is the Middle East country most in need of reflection as demonstrations break out across the region, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with broadcaster CNN-Turk.

“At the top of the list of countries that need to criticize themselves is Israel,” which is moving toward isolation, he said. Arab countries are now aware that they have a common destiny, according to the minister.

Davutoglu spoke before a state visit to Iran today. He was replying to questions as to whether protests against longtime presidents in Tunisia and Egypt might spread to other countries.

“A regional consciousness has begun to emerge,” he said. “This is the start of a historic change.”

Davutoglu also said Iran can’t be compared with Tunisia or Egypt because it has a more “dynamic political structure,” with different groups in competition.

To contact the reporter on this story: Benjamin Harvey in Istanbul at bharvey11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.

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